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Doctor insights on: Hyaline Casts In Urine And Kidney Cancer

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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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My doctor said I had sugar in my urine, but the next day I took a blood test and a urine test, and both were normal. Could I have kidney cancer?

My doctor said I had sugar in my urine, but the next day I took a blood test and a urine test, and both were normal. Could I have kidney cancer?

Sugar in urine: Not likely to be cancer, however you may have eaten a meal with a high sugar content which raised your blood sugar levels and then led to temporary sugar in your urine. You may be at risk for development of diabetes. Do you know what you can do to reduce you risk of diabetes? ...Read more

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I had kidney stones is past, now in my urine test how's hyaline cast 0-5*, what is that?

I had kidney stones is past, now in my urine test how's hyaline cast 0-5*, what is that?

Likely normal: Hyaline cases are the most common casts seen in the urine and when found alone, usually mean normal and only indicate that the patient may have had somewhat concentrated (e.g. Not drinking enough water) urine at the time it was collected. ...Read more

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31 yo husband bp uncontrolled did a 24 hr urine and kidney ultrasound (abnormality found) family hx of kidney cancer, poss cancer with abnormality?

31 yo husband bp uncontrolled did a 24 hr urine and kidney ultrasound (abnormality found) family hx of kidney cancer, poss cancer with abnormality?

Need further testing: If indeed a possible kidney mass was found on ultrasound, a CT scan (renal mass protocol) needs to be done in follow-up to confirm the presence of a mass and also to get an idea if there are any abnormally enlarged lymph nodes or other abnormalities in other organs. This is because ultrasound is very limited in resolution. A look at the adrenal glands with CT to rule out mass is important also. ...Read more

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Had Kidney cancer 7 years ago, should I be worried about my ph urine to be +8.5 and over 30+ protein? Feel urgency to go to the bathroom. No infection

Had Kidney cancer 7 years ago, should I be worried about my ph urine to be +8.5 and over 30+ protein? Feel urgency to go to the bathroom. No infection

When you say your: protein is 30+ I am assuming you meant your UACR, urine albumin-to-creatiine ratio. This value and the higher pH can be associated with a degree of kidney failure. This would not necessarily be expected after cancer. The urgency symptom is very suggestive of infection or inflammation, so I don't know how you can be sure about that. This needs evaluation of all parameters. See your Doc ASAP:) ...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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How fast can kidney cancer grow?

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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Is it possible to get kidney cancer twice?

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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What are symptoms of a child with kidney cancer?

What are symptoms of a child with kidney cancer?

The common: Scenario is mom or dad bathing the baby and feeling a mass in the belly. The findings are of a growing mass over time, not the kidney not working. Sometimes the mass is large enough to cause poor feeding and vomiting. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how fast does kidney cancer grow?

I'm curious as to how fast does kidney cancer grow?

It's hard to say: Kidney cancer, also called renal cell carcinoma, is increasing in incidence. In a study where patients were followed by imaging after diagnosis, growth rates were very different. Tumors that had not spread grew at 0.1 to 1.35cm per year. Tumors that were metastatic grew faster, up to 7cm per year. It varies for each person and for each tumor. ...Read more

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My friend says she has kidney cancer. Is that serious?

Only one: Who can answer you is your friend's doctor who has all info. Needed to answer you., with your friends permission you have to find out. In general most of kidney cancers are serious, if they are low grade, detected very early stages may not be serious, ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a kidney cancer exist for 17 years?

Please tell me, could a kidney cancer exist for 17 years?

Very, very unlikely: Kidney cancers almost always grow a lot faster, although it is theoretically possible that it could have existed as a tiny tumor for a number of years before enlarging. Kidney cancers can also develop in complex kidney cysts. So 17 year-old kidney x-rays or ultrasounds might demonstrate a cyst at present site of a tumor. Benign angiomyolipomas of kidney can turn into kidney cancer with time. ...Read more

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During what stage of kidney cancer can you physically feel it?

By the time: Kidney cancer becomes palpable on physical exam, it would be far advanced. Usually kidney cancers are found because of blood in urine or on imaging tests being done for unrelated problems. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms you would get in a case of kidney cancer?

What are the symptoms you would get in a case of kidney cancer?

See list: Flank pain.
Hematuria.
Flank mass.
Weight loss.
Occasionally symptoms of metastatic disease (bone pain).

In rare cases unusual syndromes mimicking other medical conditions can be the presenting symptom. These are called "paraneoplastic syndromes".

Most kidney cancers in the modern era are detected incidentally or have few if any of the above symptoms. ...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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What is done in kidney cancer treatment?

What is done in kidney cancer treatment?

Depend on the stage: Depend on the stage and whether surgery can be done. Surgery to remove the kidney cancer either by removing the kidney entirely or partially would be the best cure for this cancer-in early stage when surgery can be safely done. In advanced stage, when cancer has spread to other organ, it would be incurable. "smart pill" like votrient/sutent etc would be the option- trying to control the disease. ...Read more

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How fatal is kidney cancer (renal cancer)?

How fatal is kidney cancer (renal cancer)?

Depends on stage of: Disease. Early stage renal cancer has 5 year survival of about 70% and late stage has a 5 year survival of about 10%. See the site below for details.
http://www. Cancermonthly. Com/cancer_basics/kidney. Asp. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my mom has kidney cancer?

Ask: Have a conversation with her and if she has not gone to the doctor taker her there & ask permission from her to fill out a hippa form that will allow you to speak to her doctor. If she does not want to involve you in her care that is her right (as frustrating & sad as that sounds). One of the simple ways to look at kidneys is via ultrasound. It would be helpful to know more about her condition. ...Read more

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What are some non-surgical options for kidney cancer?

What are some non-surgical options for kidney cancer?

Several: Several approaches used short of surgical resection of a kidney tumor. It depends on size of lesion. Chemo-embolization, by injecting chemotherapy directly into the renal artery can be used. For RT, Cyberknife treatment covers a larger field than gamma knife also available in lesions smaller than 6 cm. Recent interventional cryoablation data show near 100 percent control. In the smaller tumor ...Read more

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Survivalrate of stage 4 kidney cancer reciveing dialysis?

Improving: Formerly this was zero. A decade ago it might have been 10%. With the new targeted medications for common renal cell carcinoma, it is impossible to give an accurate number since both the length and quality of survival are improving so surprisingly. Good luck, and cherish every day -- it's not the number of days in the life, but life in the days. ...Read more

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How are green and orange ribbons for kidney cancer different?

How are green and orange ribbons for kidney cancer different?

See below: The orange ribbon is for the kidney cancer association. A green ribbon signifies renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer, hypernephroma) awareness. ...Read more

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I had stage 1 kidney cancer, what are the chances of it coming back?

I had stage 1 kidney cancer, what are the chances of it coming back?

5-10%: If treated early, stage I kidney cancer has a 90-95% 10 year survival. Thus, there is a 5-10% chance it may recur. ...Read more

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Can nosebleeds be a sign of kidney cancer?

Can nosebleeds be a sign of kidney cancer?

Not likely: Nose bleeds (epistaxis) can be caused by many things including picking (#1), vascular problems, blood problems. Kidney cancer would not be anywhere on my differential list of etiologies. ...Read more

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How much protein per day ok for kidney cancer survivor?

How much protein per day ok for kidney cancer survivor?

300 mg: The upper limit of normal for proteinuria is 300 mg half of it usually albumin. I don't see any reason why a kidney cancer survivor should have more or less. ...Read more

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


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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