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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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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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How long will treatment for kidney cancer last?

How long will treatment for kidney cancer last?

Depend on stage: If caught early- the best treatment will be surgery to cure the cancer. If unresectable or in advance stage with cancer spreading to other organ- treatment would be an oral smart medicine like tyrosine kinase inhibitor (sunitinib, sorafenib, pazopanib) vs m-tor inhibitor vs interleukin-2 etc. This treatment will need to be continued as long as it is tolerated and as long as it continues to work. ...Read more

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How long do I have to decide on what type of treatments for kidney cancer?

How long do I have to decide on what type of treatments for kidney cancer?

Kidney cancer: If diagnosed with such a cancer I advise to within a month, if the lesion is in the t1 category you do have more time most likely. Always get a second opinion before any procedure. ...Read more

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My husband needs a anacid without calcium, he has kidney cancer also high blood calcium. What can he take?

My husband needs a anacid without calcium, he has kidney cancer also high blood calcium. What can he take?

A full workup: There are magnesium and aluminum antacids so ch as Maalox and Mylanta. There are of course also proton pum inhibitors and H2 blockers. If the cause of high calcium is unknown, keep looking. A few percent of kidney cancers produce a parathyroid hormone like substance, and a parathyroid adenoma may be present. There are other causes of course. I am glad your husband has you to help. ...Read more

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I had a kidney cancer when I was kid, im asking about the chances that any kind of cancer could come back again anywhere else to me in the long run?

I had a kidney cancer when I was kid, im asking about the chances that any kind of cancer could come back again anywhere else to me in the long run?

More info needed: Most likely you had Wilms tumor (neuroblastoma) detected at a early stage most likely you are cured. Unfortunately you are at a higher risk than people who never had malignant disease best management for you see your oncologist for regular follow up, and keep up with remarkable progress in treatment of malignant diseases best cures are ahead, do not get disheartened. Good Luck ...Read more

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How long can a person live with stage 4 kidney cancer without treatment?

Read this article: Http://www. Healthline. Com/health/kidney-cancer/kidney-cancer-prognosis-stage#overview1

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Should I see a specialist for kidney cancer, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for kidney cancer, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Absolutely: Kidney cancer typically needs several specialists:

1) urologists are involved in the surgery needed to remove kidney cancers
2) medical oncologists typically prescribe highly specialized drugs to treat them
3) radiation oncologists are involved to give radiation

i can't imagine any general medical doctors being qualified to deal with this. ...Read more

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I have stage four kidney cancer witch spread to my groin terasich spine limp notes I also had a kidney removed how much longer I have to live?

See answer: I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. However, there have never been more options for many patients with renal cell carcinoma (rcc). The most common type (clear cell) may respond well to newer treatments which have been shown to improve survival in some patients. I recommend that you seek an opinion at a cancer center (see www. Nccn. Org) to see if you may qualify for a clinical trial. Good luck! ...Read more

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My dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer spread to his liver, spine 5 weeks ago now in bed all time coz of pain, how long does he have roughly pls?

? treatment: If he is under the care of an oncologist palliative care can extend life. Without any treatment his life is shortened to very roughly one year at best. ...Read more

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No symptoms and felt fine til they told me I had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

No symptoms and felt fine til they told me I had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

Lung cancer: About 35-40% patients when diagnosed with stage 4 nsclc do not have symptoms and signs of that and it is found as part of routine imaging or based on some very subtle and non specific signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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Sclerotic region in the left mandible, tumor showed up on X-ray. Had kidney cancer. Seeing a oral surgeon. Common? Do they biopsy it or take it out?

Sclerotic region in the left mandible, tumor showed up on X-ray. Had kidney cancer. Seeing a oral surgeon. Common? Do they biopsy it or take it out?

It depends on the ex: Patient should be staged to look for other sites of metastases?
If the mandibular lesion is a single site and it is operable (ask Head and Neck surgeon) then removal is the best treatment approach. If there are also other sites of tumor spread, then removal of the mandibular lesion will not be useful...in this case a biopsy would be the preferred first step of management. ...Read more

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My dad takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. What meds can he take for it?

My dad takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. What meds can he take for it?

See your doctor: Congestive heart failure is usually treated with diuretics and other medications tailored to your situation. The advice of your internist oncologist, or cardiologist with respect to treatment would be best in this situation. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my father takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. Any meds he can take for it?

What do you suggest if my father takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. Any meds he can take for it?

Be careful: Advanced cancer of the kidney is hard to deal with. There is little to do although the sutent (sunitinib) is sometimes helpful. It will not cure it but can slow it down. You however need to talk to the doctor who prescribed as this can exacerbate the heart failure. The pt may want to continue the drug despite the CHF. This has to be decided by pt and physician weighing the benefits. Diuretics and b blockers ...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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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 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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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?

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?

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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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