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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%.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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