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2012 was diagnosed w/ kidney cancer, had surgery removed 18% of left kidney.Having reoccuring UTI sence im scared could cancer be coming back?

2012 was diagnosed w/ kidney cancer, had surgery removed 18% of left kidney.Having reoccuring UTI sence im scared could cancer be coming back?

Not likely: Recurrent UTI is not necessarily due to your kidney cancer. In fact the two conditions are not related. Since your tumor was probebly quite small when it was removed(in 2012) it is quite unlikely to come back so soon. You should go see your gynecologist or family doctor and ask for their advice as to how to stop the recurring uti...I think they will find you a solution. ...Read more

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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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How was my kidney cancer missed in ultrasound?

How was my kidney cancer missed in ultrasound?

difficult: Difficult to answer without seeing the images- but if the tumor was 'isoechoic' or the same echogenicity as the surrounding normal kidney, then it would not be seen with us. A ct or MRI (both with contrast) are both much more sensitive for detecting renal tumors. ...Read more

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I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

I have had appendix cancer that spread & thyroid cancer. My dad had pancreatic cancer. I am curious about men1/2 & endocrine cancers. I'm only 37...?

Probably not: Appendix cancer is not part of any men syndrome. Pancreatic cancer can be, but it is a specific type called a neuroendocrine tumor. Likewise, the thyroid cancer in men syndromes is called meduallry carcinoma, which make up only about 10% of all thyroid cancers. ...Read more

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My mum, 67 , was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

My mum, 67 , was diagnosed with colon cancer with liver metastases, lesions in lungs and kidneys. Starting folfox tomorrow?? Life expectancy?

Not enough: Need to assess for Kras and Nras mutation IF she is wild type she should receive FOLFIRI and Erbitux If she has mutation the treatment of choice FOLFOX and Avastin Life expex 22 - 26 months... If responsive disease can be extended with other agents and survival can extend several years. New agents add to OS sequencing of therapy is important to extend Overal survival ...Read more

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I have testicular cancer and kidney cancer. Chance the cancer will come back somewhere else in me?

I have testicular cancer and kidney cancer. Chance the cancer will come back somewhere else in me?

Possible: Kidney cancer is usually curable when detected at an early stage and is still confined to the kidney. Testicular cancer is curable in the majority of cases. The fact that you had 2 different cancers puts you at risk for a third one especially if you received chemo for testicular cancer. Clinical surveillance and consistent follow up with your physician is prudent. ...Read more

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Aunt kidney problem creatinine 17. Kidney size normal dr. Says chances of revival ofkidney function. Biopsy sent. Passes urine.Can kidney revive age60?

Aunt kidney problem creatinine 17. Kidney size normal dr. Says chances of revival ofkidney function. Biopsy sent. Passes urine.Can kidney revive age60?

Creatinine of 17?: Are you sure that your aunt's creatinine (c) is 17, not 1.7? If her c is 17, she should be on dialysis. A biopsy would not be done in someone that high a c. If the c is 1.7, it seems that she had a glomerulonephritis, the cause of which needs to be determined for a diagnosis and prognosis. The best way to get more information about your aunt is to call the doctor who ordered the renal biopsy. ...Read more

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What's life expectancy having renal cell carcinoma stage 3 a year after having kidney removed?

What's life expectancy having renal cell carcinoma stage 3 a year after having kidney removed?

About 5 years: The 5 year survival for stage 3 renal cell cancer is about 50%. This number may shift up or down a little because there are subcategoroes of stage 3 tumors whci will affect the prognosis. ...Read more

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My uncle got diagnosed with pancreas tumor is that mean cancer?

My uncle got diagnosed with pancreas tumor is that mean cancer?

Not necessarily: There are a number of different pancreatic abnormalities/tumors not all of which are frank pancreatic cancer. He should be able to get more specific information from his doctors, including exactly what it is and also the expected prognosis. ...Read more

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35 year-old woman was found incidentally to have chromophobe renal cell carcinoma and mesenteric follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma 3 years ago and.....?

35 year-old woman was found incidentally to have chromophobe renal cell carcinoma and mesenteric follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma 3 years ago and.....?

Here are some...: I have good reasons to congratulate you for moving and coping reasonably well with left open full nephrectomy in January of 2012, Mesenteric lymph node biopsy in January of 2014 since your malignancy just luckily happened to be the one with clinical favorable prognosis. Despite such, a degree of constant concern about their long-term outcome always remain; understandable. How to handle your health calamity can be contemplated and formulated by realizing and understanding the following facts: 1. Every life event always results from a process of lifelong making and displays itself on its pattern of full spectrum; 2. Behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we don't know; 3. There is no magic in life & medicine; if any, that is to work closely doc so to apply currently available knowledge, skill, technology, drugs, commonsense, & wisdom at reasonable time and way on reasonable patients. More? Go to peruse articles listed in http://formefirst.com/eBlogList.html.... ...Read more

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Dad has heart, lung, liver and renal failure (renal function under 10%). Drs have now found primary liver cancer. How long left? Days/weeks/months?

Dad has heart, lung, liver and renal failure (renal function under 10%). Drs have now found primary liver cancer. How long left? Days/weeks/months?

Soon: I'm sorry you are going through this. It doesn't sound like there is much time left, probably 'weeks" timeframe depending on how aggressive supportive care is regarding IV fluids, dialysis, medications, and respiratory support with oxygen or a breathing machine. There is of course no way to predict for sure, and his doctor will be ae to give a better answer. Hang in there. ...Read more

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Would you put the appendix in this category? I have had thyroid and appendix cancer w/ ovarian involvement and my father died of pancreatic cancer.

Would you put the appendix in this category? I have had thyroid and appendix cancer w/ ovarian involvement and my father died of pancreatic cancer.

Not related: I am not familiar with any genetic syndromes that involve appendiceal, thyroid, and pancreatic cancer. Now, if the appendix was actually ovarian cancer that spread to the appendix, a mutation in the brca gene could account for the ovarian and pancreatic cancer. Talk it over with your oncologist, and stay up to date on your cancer screening. ...Read more

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Slightly red urine 2 days. Sometimes clear. Bladder cancer or kidney stone? 3 stones in kidney. Don't smoke. No pain. Ab ultasnd nrml back in November

Slightly red urine 2 days. Sometimes clear. Bladder cancer or kidney stone? 3 stones in kidney. Don't smoke. No pain. Ab ultasnd nrml back in November

Urine culture : Painless hematuria or blood in the urine could be a manifestation of bladder cancer. If this were a kidney stone you would probably have flank pain but on occasion it can be painless. A urinary tract infection usually presents with pain on urination. I would suggest getting a urine culture but if it persists a urological workup and cystoscopy may be needed ...Read more

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My friend was diagnosed in march with stage 4 inoperable lung cancer.6 tounds of aggressive chemo shrunk lung tumor but now in both adrenals.Prognosis?

My friend was diagnosed in march with stage 4 inoperable lung cancer.6 tounds of aggressive chemo shrunk lung tumor but now in both adrenals.Prognosis?

Hard to say: Lung cancer often spreads to the adrenal glands, but adrenal tumors are often benign. The best predictor of how well your friend will do is how quickly the tumor is growing. If he truly had nothing there in march and now, despite chemotherapy, has large adrenal tumors growing that is not a good sign. If, however, your frined has had adrenal tumors all along, then the prognosis is much better. ...Read more

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My paternal grandma died of kidney disease. Is that hereditary? My dad has kidney stones and now i do.

My paternal grandma died of kidney disease.  Is that hereditary?  My dad has kidney stones and now i do.

Kidney disease: Most kidney disease and kidney failure comes from longstanding, poorly controlled high blood pressure and/or diabetes. Both of these diseases and chronic kidney disease can run in families. Nowaadays, it is rare for kidney stones by themselves to cause kidney failure. Regardless, it is a good reminder to carefully control high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney stones and kidney disease. ...Read more

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My dad (62 years) has a stage IV chronic kidney disease.If there is a chance of kidney transplant can I (girl 19 years) donate kidney to him?

My dad (62 years) has a stage IV  chronic kidney disease.If there is a chance of kidney transplant can I (girl 19 years) donate kidney to him?

You can ask: Kidney donation depends both on your own basic health & the suitability of the tissue match. At 19 most states would give you the power of consent. You would undergo an evaluation to be sure you had two healthy kidneys. The rest is up to the team & sorting out all the family issues that give us all headaches. Good luck. ...Read more

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Borderline ovarian tumor removed. Now pelvic pains. Has anyone surviedd this?

Borderline ovarian tumor removed. Now pelvic pains. Has anyone surviedd this?

Yes: The tumors are what was described; borderline. Almost all will survive with no adjuvant therapy at all. ...Read more

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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


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more