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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is blood in the urine a symptom of advanced kidney cancer?

Is blood in the urine a symptom of advanced kidney cancer?

It can be: Blood in the urine can be due to a number of issues - both benign and malignant. Kidney cancer - both localized and advanced may lbe casues of hematuria. If you do have blood in the urine, it needs to be evaluated by a urologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can a person have advanced kidney cancer without having blood in the urine?

Can a person have advanced kidney cancer without having blood in the urine?

Yes: Blood in the urine aka hematuria is only seen in 1/3rd of the cases of renal cell carcinoma. Most patients have no symptoms from renal cell carcinoma until it becomes very advanced and invades blood supply of the kidney. ...Read more

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I'm 22 don't drink or smoke but my urine sometimes is dark yellow how likely is kidney cancer the cause? or liver damage if I haven't smoked

I'm 22 don't drink or smoke but my urine sometimes is dark yellow how likely is kidney cancer the cause? or liver damage if I haven't smoked

Urine color can be: A tip to something wrong, but dark amber urine usually means it is concentrated, and you have not drank enough water. Liver does excrete bile and bilirubin and it can be filtered into urine, but at levels where your skin and eyes would be yellow. Smoking is bad, but unlikely to be related. A urinanalysis can answer these questions and answers cheaply and accurately. ...Read more

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38 yr male, good shape, avid runner.Traces of blood in urine.Dad diagnosed with kidney cancer at 40. Dr ordered ultrasound. Would this show cancer?

38 yr male, good shape, avid runner.Traces of blood in urine.Dad diagnosed with kidney cancer at 40. Dr ordered ultrasound. Would this show cancer?

Not necessarily: Traces of blood in urine can result from many reasons, running and exercise is amongst few of the benign reasons, however it can be an early sign of cancer as well. A thorough investigation is mandatory for anyone with strong family history. One should consult the PCP right away and ideally should be evaluated by a Urologist. A kidney ultrasound is one of the many tests needed. ...Read more

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Kidney cancer should I have surgery without a biopsy? The doctor recently found a growth on my kidney. I had an mri, cat, blood test and chest x-ray. No blood or protein in urine. The doctor wants to do surgery and remove all of the kidney as well. I've p

Kidney cancer should I have surgery without a biopsy? The doctor recently found a growth on my kidney. I had an mri, cat, blood test and chest x-ray. No blood or protein in urine. The doctor wants to do surgery and remove all of the kidney as well. I've p

BIopsies : Biopsies are not often used to diagnose kidney tumors. The imaging studies you underwent (ct scan and mri) can provide sufficient information for a surgeon to decide if an operation is needed. A ct scan is one of the most useful imaging studies for detected kiney tumors because it gives the surgeon detailed/precise information in terms of size, location and shape of the tumor. A ct scan can also help to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. An MRI provides detailed images of the soft tissue and vessels in the body and can also be helpful in determining if the cancer has spread. Biopsies are only done on kidney tumors if the information provided in a ct scan was inconclusive. Your surgeon has enough information from the imaging studies to make valid recommendations for surgery. ...Read more

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Can doctors find kidney cancer in a normal blood test?

Can doctors find kidney cancer in a normal blood test?

No: However there may be some be some abnomalities on the blood work that would make a practitioner investigate this further, but, in the simplest and general answer is no. ...Read more

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What are the tests for kidney cancer?

What are the tests for kidney cancer?

Imaging: The vast majority of kidney cancers are found by imaging (ct scan or mri) either in symptomatic patients (flank pain, blood in urine, etc.) or fortuitously while investigating an unrelated problem. ...Read more

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What tests diagnose kidney cancer? My doctor wants me to have an intravenous pyelogram. Is he looking for cancer?

What tests diagnose kidney cancer? My doctor wants me to have an intravenous pyelogram. Is he looking for cancer?

Kidney cancer: The best test for kidney cancer remains ct scan or mri. I v p has a limited roll in urology at this point in time. At one time it was all we had, however it is seldom ordered now, particularly when trying to rule out renal tumor. ...Read more

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Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


Dr. Sean Williamson
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Hypernephroma (Definition)

Hypernephroma has become an outdated term for cancerous change of filtrating tubules of kidneys and has bee replaced by renal cell carcinoma; literally, it denotes "overgrowth of kidney cells". Its risk factors are tobacco smoking, long-term OTC pain killer use, etc. In few cases, genetic factor is blamed. More? Contact www.healthtap.com/dr-Lin ...Read more