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Is kidney cancer always deadly?

Is kidney cancer always deadly?

No: As with any cancer, early detection and treatment result in higher cure rate. For kidney cancer, the five year survival for stage I is 81%, for stage ii is 74%, for stage iii is 53%, and for stage IV is 8%. ...Read more

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 kidney cancer lethal?

Is kidney cancer lethal?

Kidney cancer: By definition, any cancer is potentially lethal.
When kidney cancer is detected in the earlier stages (before metastasis outside the kidney) it is often curable by surgery. Metastatic kidney cancer, however, has a very poor prognosis. ...Read more

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How is kidney cancer treated?

How is kidney cancer treated?

Usually surgery: Kidney cancer is primarily treated with surgery if the cancer is confined to the kidney. Depending on the size/location of the tumor, partial removal (called partial nephrectomy) of just the tumor portion of the kidney is recommended. The majority is treated minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic/robotic-assisted surgery. Cancer spread from kidney may be treated with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can cocaine cause kidney cancer?

Can cocaine cause kidney cancer?

No: Cocaine has not been linked to kidney caner. There are certain risk factors for the different types of kidney cancer such as smoking and contact with benzene compounds but not cocaine. ...Read more

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How fast can grade 3 kidney cancer grow?

How fast can grade 3 kidney cancer grow?

Unpredictable: Kidney cancers can be unpredictable in their growth and spread. In studies where tumors have been monitored and not removed, the overall size on x-rays appears to increase relatively slowly since many cells have to grow before resulting in a measured difference in the diameter of the tumor. However, it would be unusual to monitor a known grade 3 tumor without removing it. ...Read more

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How is kidney cancer different for a diabetic?

How is kidney cancer different for a diabetic?

Kidney function: Patients with diabetes are at greater risk for losing renal function and possibly needing dialysis. So, a diabetic patient with a kidney cancer may need to have more consideration for a partial nephrectomy for a kidney cancer. This is wheer only the tumor and a surrounding rim of normal tissue are removed frm the kidyney. Your urologist would determine the best and safets approach. ...Read more

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What is the rate of survival for stage IV kidney cancer?

What is the rate of survival for stage IV kidney cancer?

Poor: Unfortunately the 5 year survival rate for stage IV renal cell cancer is poor, 0-20%. However, in recent years their have been significant advances in the treatment of this disease and we now see some long term survivors. ...Read more

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How typical is bladder/kidney cancer in a 27 year old man?

How typical is bladder/kidney cancer in a 27 year old man?

Uncommon. ..: It is uncommon to see bladder/kidney cancer in a 27-yr0-old man. Bladder cancer most frequently happen to men >60s and women >70s and kidney cancer, in 50-70s of men or women. More detail? Ask your treating doc timely. ...Read more

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Do you know the signs and symptoms of kidney cancer in adults?

Do you know the signs and symptoms of kidney cancer in adults?

Blood, pain, mass.: There is a classic triad of hematuria (blood in urine), flank pain, and abdominal mass this presents with, but is seen in only 10-20% of patients. Hematuria (40%), flank pain (40%), mass (33%), and weight loss (33%) are the most common individual syndromes. Paraneoplastic syndromes-erythrocytosis (3%), hypercalcemia (5%), and nonmetastatic hepatic dysfunction (stauffer's syndrome) (15%) occur. ...Read more

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68yr old man diabetic with kidney cancer wha is going to happen?

68yr old man diabetic with kidney cancer wha is going to happen?

Hard to say.: Sorry your friend is so sick! The prognosis for cancer depends on the type of the cancer, the stage it is at the time of diagnosis, the treatment (or not) that is used, and the overall health of the individual. Having diabetes complicates treatment more than if this was not present. Write down a list of questions to ask the doc. Write down the answers too, to be able to study later. Ask many! ...Read more

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What can I do to prepare for charity walks that help kidney cancer?

What can I do to prepare for charity walks that help kidney cancer?

KCA: Www. Kidneycancer. Org is the place for survivorship, activism, information, research... Check it out. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a patient with terminal kidney cancer live?

On average, how long will a patient with terminal kidney cancer live?

Ask his/her doctor: Depends on many factors, including current overall health, functional status, ongoing palliative treatments including palliative chemotherapy, and so on. His/her doctors (including hospice or palliative doctor) could give an average estimate and tell you how likely it would apply to that person's situation. ...Read more

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What effects does kidney cancer have on your body if you are unable to have surgery?

What effects does kidney cancer have on your body if you are unable to have surgery?

Depends...: It depends on the reason for not having surgery. If surgery is not done because of medical ineligibility then there are methods to control cancer symptoms- embolization, cryotherapy, oral chemotherapy, radiiation, etc. Without any treatment symptoms such as urinary bleeding, pain, weight loss, and general failure occurs over time. Discuss with your oncologist and urologist. ...Read more

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If a cancerous kidney was transplanted to a different person, would that person then develop kidney cancer?

If a cancerous kidney was transplanted to a different person, would that person then develop kidney cancer?

Yes: If a kidney that is transplanted has cancer in it, then the recepient will continue to have the same cancer and it will continue to grow. If not treated, it will metastasize and spread. Many tests are performed prior to transplantation to prevent this from occuring. ...Read more

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Is a nodule in your kidney always kidney cancer? My sister has a small nodule in her kidney. Does this mean she has cancer?

Is a nodule in your kidney always kidney cancer? My sister has a small nodule in her kidney. Does this mean she has cancer?

Not always: In addition to kidney cancer, there are a few types of benign (noncancerous) tumors that form a solid nodule in the kidney, such as angiomyolipoma or oncocytoma. Angiomyolipoma can often be diagnosed by imaging since it usually contains fat. ...Read more

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I am on my second day of taking pantoprazole, but I am reading bad things about a link to kidney cancer, should I worry, is He blocker safer?

I am on my second day of taking pantoprazole, but I am reading bad things about a link to kidney cancer, should I worry, is He blocker safer?

I think pantoprazole: And PPI's are generally safe if they are used as directed. They are for short term relief of symptomatic high acid output, not long term solution. ...Read more

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Is kidney cancer hereditary?

Is kidney cancer hereditary?

Sometimes: The vast majority of kidney cancer cases are not inherited (sporadic). There are a handful of syndromes known to be associated with different types of kidney cancer but they are rare. A well known example is von hippel-lindau syndrome. ...Read more

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How common is kidney cancer?

How common is kidney cancer?

Relatively uncommon: Kidney cancer is the sixth and eighth leading cause of new cancers in men and women in 2012, respectively. An estimated 40, 250 cases in men and 24, 520 in women are projected in 2012, which represents 5% and 3% of new cancer diagnoses for men and women, respectively. ...Read more

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How did I get kidney cancer?

Difficult to be sure: Most kidney cancers are sporadic, meaning there is no inherited cause, though there are a number of familial syndromes associated with it. Multiple factors including environmental exposures and possibly diet smoking and obesity can lead to genetic mutations in kidney cells which if not properly repaired can lead to uncontrolled growth sometimes with the ability to spread far from the kidney. ...Read more

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How can I treat kidney cancer?

How can I treat kidney cancer?

Surgery or ChemoRad: The most common treatment for kidney cancer that has not spread is surgery to remove the kidney (a nephrectomy). If the tumor is small enough, it could be done by removing part of the kidney to preserve some kidney function on that side (a partial nephrectomy). These surgeries can be done open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted laparoscopic. Cancers that have spread require chemo and/or radiation. ...Read more

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How is kidney cancer diagnosed?

Primarily imaging: Most kidney cancers are found through some type of imaging modality (e.g. Ct scan, mri, etc), although some can be picked up through looking at the cells present in a urine sample. ...Read more

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How fast can kidney cancer grow?

Variable: Generally speaking, the single strongest predictor of growth rate of kidney cancer is fuhrman grade. Grade refers to microscopic features of the tumor cell nucleus. Certain cell types or variants of kidney cancer may also be associated with rapid growth in that they may typically act aggressively and are usually high grade cancers (eg, collecting duct and medullary cancers). ...Read more

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How aggressive is kidney cancer?

How aggressive is kidney cancer?

Aggressive: Kidney cancer is generally aggressive. There are varying degrees of aggressiveness which is determined by biopsy after the kidney is removed. Untreated aggressive kidney cancer is usually fatal. The treatment of choice is surgery. ...Read more

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What are cause of kidney cancer?

What are cause of kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer: You should see your urologist and also look at nccn. Org but smoking. About a third of kidney cancers are thought to be caused by smoking. Some of the chemicals from tobacco get into the body and are passed out in urine. These chemicals in the urine can be damaging (carcinogenic) to kidney tubule cells.
Other chemical carcinogens. Some workplace chemicals have been linked to an increased risk. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of kidney cancer?

What are symptoms of kidney cancer?

X-ray: In the past, most kidney cancers were detected at a high stage or late stage (the cancer has grown large and invaded other structures) and therefore the signs were a large mass that can be felt, hematuria, or side/back pain. However today many kidney cancers are being detected at an early stage (small and limited to the kidney) because patients have x-rays (ct scan) for other reasons. ...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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Is everyone at risk for kidney cancer?

Is everyone at risk for kidney cancer?

Yes: While there is some genetic propensity for the development of renal cell cancer, the majority of cases develop spontaneously. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have kidney cancer?

Medical imaging: Most kidney tumors today are found early by imaging i.e. Ultrasounds or ct scans done for other reasons. Many other are diagnosed becoause of blood in the urine_ hematuria. Larger tumors may cause pain or fever. ...Read more

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Could a kidney cancer exist for 17 years?

Yes: At autopsy, I've often found tiny cancers and thought, "Maybe it would have been big enough to be a problem in maybe twenty years." ...Read more

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Is it possible to get kidney cancer twice?

Yes: Some patients develop multiple tumors in the same kidney (if the first was removed by partial removal of the kidney) or in the opposite. Often the second tumor is unrelated to the first. Multiple tumors in a young person is sometimes due to an inherited condition. ...Read more

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Are there different kinds of kidney cancer?

Are there different kinds of kidney cancer?

Yes: The two major types of kidney cancers are: (a) arising from renal tubules, renal cell carcinoma, is the more common of the two, (b) tumors arising from the pelvic epithelium, transitional cell carcinomas. ...Read more

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Can a 25 year young female have kidney cancer?

Can a 25 year young female have kidney cancer?

Rare but possible: Kidney cancers (renal cell cancer) are rare in young people, of the total aprx 38, 000 75% are 60 yrs or over, 1.4 % in the age of 20 to 34 years. Incidence in female is slightly less. ...Read more

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What can I try at home to treat kidney cancer?

What can I try at home to treat kidney cancer?

See your doctor: Kidney cancer is a potentially fatal illness that needs to be treated by trained specialists. They will "stage" the cancer before recommending appropriate treatment. There are no effective home treatments. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting kidney cancer?

What are the chances of getting kidney cancer?

Low: The chances of any indiviudal developing kidney cancer is extremely low. However if you smoke or have a family history of cancer, then your chances increases. ...Read more

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What are the different types of kidney cancer?

Quite a few: 2 most common kidney cancers in adults are renal cell, tumor of the functioning cells of kidney & transitional cell cancer, tumor of kidney lining. Children get wilm's tumors, which can even be congenital. Then there are sarcomatous cancers rare liposarcomas & leomyosarcomas, also neuroblastomas can arise in kidney. Cancers elsewhere in body can metastacise to kidney and present as kidney cancer. ...Read more

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Does kidney cancer usually cause many symptoms?

Does kidney cancer usually cause many symptoms?

It depends: It depends on the extend of disease. Patients with kidney cancer can present with a range of symptoms; unfortunately, many patients are without symptoms until the disease is advanced. Clinical manifestation may include- blood in the urine, weakness, low grade fever, decreased apetite, abdominal /pelvic discomfort, etc. ...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


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