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Hyaline Casts In Urine And Kidney Cancer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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