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I have a knot on the right side of my nrck. It had been there for awhile. What could this be? It is not painful. I also have kidney cancer

I have a knot on the right side of my nrck. It had been there for awhile. What could this be? It is not painful. I also have kidney cancer

Have it checked!: In patients who have a history of cancer, any lump or "knot" should be brought to the attention of their oncologist. Having said that, it is not common to have kidney ca metastasize to the head/neck but it can happen. So definitely, have it checked out! ...Read more

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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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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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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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Could low back pain and leg ache be a symptom of kidney cancer?

Could low back pain and leg ache be a symptom of kidney cancer?

Yes: There is the possibility that if there is a renal or kidney cancer or carcinoma present that it may spread and this type of cancer has a high likelihood of spread or metastasis to bone which can present as pain in the back and/ or leg as wrll as anywhere else with underlying bone that can be detected by imaging studies including: x-rays, mri, ct, bone scans and pet scans. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize weight gain and lose weight if you are overweight.
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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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I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of kidney cancer. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of kidney cancer. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

Needs removal: If your cancer is removed, by surgery or otherwise, then you need to do nothing different. Of course you need continued surveillance through you doctor to make sure no recurrence is happening. There is nothing that you have done wrong to end up with cancer of kidney and therefore there is nothing otherwise that you need to do different. But if too late to remove it, chemotherapy is what you need. ...Read more

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Dr. Sean Williamson
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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