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Dr. Paxton Daniel
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I have well defined exophytic mass in left kidney as per CT scan report. What does that mean? Is it cancer of the kidney?

I have well defined exophytic mass in left kidney as per CT scan report. What does that mean? Is it cancer of the kidney?

Possibly.: If the mass is solid this is one of the possibilities. The ct scan should indicate if it is solid, cystic, or a combination of the two. The size should also be given as well as an opinion regarding what this mass represents. Please discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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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


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Dr. Thomas Rayson
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I have a result of renal tract CT,,with 3cm exophytic mass arising from the upper pole of L kidney which looks like a cyst,,is this cancer??

I have a result of renal tract CT,,with 3cm exophytic mass arising from the upper pole of L kidney  which looks like a cyst,,is this cancer??

Maybe yes maybe no: If it's truly a cystic lesion and then I will be benign however there are cystic cancers of the kidney the more cystic component has the more likely it is benign let's hope it's a simple retention cyst with just fluid the ultrasound should help determine whether this is fluid maybe you should have a follow-up ultrasound after the CT scan ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Link
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What is exophytic renal cysts? My husband has one that is measured 8mm. Could it be a precursor to kidney cancer?

What is exophytic renal cysts?  My husband has one that is measured 8mm. Could it be a precursor to kidney cancer?

Unlikely: Exophytic renal cysts are simply cysts that extend outside the kidney capsule. You can envision a "pimple" on the surface of the kidney. Endophytic cysts are those that are buried within the kidney cortex. The 8 mm cyst is very small and difficult to characterize on noncontrast imaging. However, such a small lesion without complex features is highly unlikely to be cancerous. May deserve followup. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Kline
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On CT the doctors found multiple exophytic solid masses on bilateral kidneys. What is the likely diagnosis, cancer?

See a Urologist.: Solid masses found on kidneys are more concerning than fluid-filled lesions. You should see a urologist for further evaluation of these lesions. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Rubin, M.d.
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What do you advise if i had my right kidney removed from cancer in 2007, now I have a mass in my left kidney, if it is cancer?

What do you advise if i had my right kidney removed from cancer in 2007, now I have a mass in my left kidney, if it is cancer?

Kidney cancer: You should see a both a urologist first to see if a tissue diagnosis can be obtained. If it is positive for a cancer, get guidance from the urologist and see an oncologist for the answer to your question. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
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I got my right kidney removed from cancer in 2007, now I have a mass in my left kidney, if it is cancer?

If you are asking: ..If it could be cancer, i'm afraid the answer is yes. Bilateral kidney cancer can happen, especially in certain inherited traits like vhl but before you get too anxious, make sure you see your urologist and your oncologist to have it worked out properly. I truly hope you do well. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Lippe
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Found out 5 months after having a CT scan in august2012 that I have 2.8 CM exophytic mass on my rt kidney. What should happen now?

Kidney mass: You should have been evaluated by a urologist and possibly undergone surgery thats about the minimum please go back to the doctor asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Chinn
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Stage 4 lung cancer, given 12 months 18 months ago, lost heaps of weight, now large mass in kidneys, need to know how long left to take kids 4 l visit?

Stage 4 lung cancer, given 12 months 18 months ago, lost heaps of weight, now large mass in kidneys, need to know how long left to take kids 4 l visit?

Not much longer: It is always difficult (nearly impossible) to predict the inevitable: you should go now and spend as much time together as possible (for as long as possible). ...Read more

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Dr. Rabii Madi
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Is it possible for a kidney cancer mass to be felt in the general hip area closer to the lower side?

Is it possible for a kidney cancer mass to be felt in the general hip area closer to the lower side?

Unlikely to be felt: Kidney cancers are rarely visible or palpable or felt on physical exam. Rarely though, a very big kidney tumor could be visible as bulge and felt in thin patients. Again this happens very rarely ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

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