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Doctor insights on: Kidney Cancer (Renal Cell)

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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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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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I had a left nephrectomy for renal cell cancer t1b tumor. Is there anything I shd be doing to protect the health of my r kidney besides 6mo testing?

I had a left nephrectomy for renal cell cancer t1b tumor.  Is there anything I shd be doing to protect the health of my r kidney besides 6mo testing?

Protective measures: Glad you got surgery in time, you can take various protective measures, if some gets chronic renal disease by any reason, out come will be the same with one kidney or having two, first control, BP & wt regular exercises , drink plenty fluids control diabetes ( blood sugar ), avoiding IV contrast tests, angiotensin, &arb agents found to be useful in protecting kidney(s). ...Read more

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Renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) at 83years. Would u recommend surgery?

Renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) at 83years. Would u recommend surgery?

More info needed: Yes but just because 83 yr old you don't write of people in cancer treatment , could be very healthy 83 , stage of the disease, health status , patient's own desire etc are all the factors to consider, for aggressive treatment, of course end stage, disease palliation and hospice care , make as comfortable as possible is the option at any age. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Unger Dr. Unger
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Managing Mild Kidney Failure (Checklist)

Make certain that your blood pressure is at the low prescribed target
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Make certain that your cholesterol has been monitored and treated
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Make certain that your blood sugars are well managed
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Minimize your weight gain, and lose weight if you are overweight
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Targeted therapy for stage 1 renal cell carcinoma(kidney cancer), can you tell me more about this?

Targeted therapy for stage 1 renal cell carcinoma(kidney cancer), can you tell me more about this?

Surgery: Stage i cancer of the kidney is treated successfully with surgery (total or partial nephrectomy). I'm assuming by targeted therapy you mean agents like sunitinib, sorafenib, axitinib, or everolimus. Those are approved for advanced cancer (stage iv). I believe there are clinical trials using them after surgery for high risk patients (stage iii) but not in stage i. ...Read more

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Renal Cell Carcinoma - had radical nephrectomy left kidney, cancer has spread to the lungs - surgery not an option. Life expectancy w/o treatment?

Renal Cell Carcinoma - had radical nephrectomy left kidney, cancer has spread to the lungs - surgery not an option.  Life expectancy w/o treatment?

RCC: The American Cancer Society reports the following five-year survival rates: •stage 1: 81 percent •stage 2: 74 percent •stage 3: 53 percent •stage 4: 8 percent ...Read more

Dr. Kalyani Perumal Dr. Perumal
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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Checklist)

Do not misss your dialysis sessions
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Eat low-phosphorus foods
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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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What is a t1 htperintense right lower pole renal lesion most likely 1cm complex cyst scanhave repeat 6mths. Kidney cancer runs family Could be cancer?

What is a t1 htperintense right lower pole renal lesion most likely 1cm complex cyst scanhave repeat 6mths. Kidney cancer runs family Could be cancer?

Cyst in kidney: Right now the 1 cm cyst looks pretty small and benign. However it could turn into something solid or can get larger. 6 months is a good time to repeat it. If it looks the same in 6 months then it probably is not malignant or even if it is a cancer, it probably is slow growing and less likely to be aggressive. ...Read more

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Treating Kidney Stones (Checklist)

Drink two to three quarts of water every day
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Use over-the-counter naproxen or ibuprofen for pain relief
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Let your doctor know if you have a fever or can't hold down food
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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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My brother in law has renal kidney cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes and bones, what is his life expectancy?

My brother in law has renal kidney cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes and bones, what is his life expectancy?

Difficult to predict: Each individual case is unique & predictions are very difficult. Factors such as tumor histology, size, & prior surgery have an impact on prognosis. Data from large series show that median survival for patients with stage IV disease is 16-20 months, and the 5 year survival rate is less than 10% for patients with distant metastases. Many new drugs have been developed that may improve survival. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What are the tests for renal cell cancer?

What are the tests for renal cell cancer?

CT scan w. contrast: (iv contrast). Renal ultrasound will also demonstrate kidney tumors but not nearly the detail of ultrasound. Ultimate test is microscopic pathalogical examination of tumor after it has been removed. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of renal cell cancer?

What are the symptoms of renal cell cancer?

Hematuria,pain,mass.: This cancer presents with a classic triad of hematuria, flank pain, and a flank mass, but in only about 10-20% of patients. The most common individual symptoms are hematuria (40%), flank pain (40%), palpable mass (33%), and weight loss (33%). Symptoms like erythrocytosis (3%), hypercalcemia (5%), and non-metastatic hepatic dysfunction (15%) can also occur. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
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See a dermatologist for checkups
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What's renal cell cancer?

What's renal cell cancer?

Kidney malignancy: Renal cell cancer is a primary malignancy of the kidney . It may have a clear cell appearance on pathology. A nephrectomy is the primary choice of therapy. Renal cell cancer may show up in the lung as a lung mass. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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Dr. Gene Wong Dr. Wong
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What symptoms does someone with renal cell cancer have?

Dr. Gene Wong Dr. Wong
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What symptoms does someone with renal cell cancer have?

It varies: Renal cell carcinoma (rcc) unfortunately is usually asymptomatic until it's advanced stage. If it causes symptoms, it may present as blood in the urine, flank pain. If it spreads to other organs, it can cause problems in those areas including bone pain, shortness or breath, fatigue. Not uncommonly, rcc is picked up incidentally on ct scan of the abdomen but there is no role for ct screening. ...Read more

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Dr. Gene Wong Dr. Wong
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My daughter was diagnosed with renal cell cancer. Is this likely to be a big problem for her?

Dr. Gene Wong Dr. Wong
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It depends: Renal cell carcinoma is curable if it's early stage and confined to the kidney and treated with surgery. If it has spreaded beyond the kidney, there are chemotherapy treatments available to help to control the disease that have spreaded. ...Read more

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Mother of my baby has renal cell cancer. What does this mean for future?

Need more info: Depends to the extent she has the cancer. If it was limited to the kidney and she had a nephrectomy then she has the possiblity of cure indefinitely, that depends on how extensive it involved the kidney. Sometimes these cancers even early stage can recur unexpectedly years later. If more advanced then outlook can be much more concerning. Talk with the urologist and oncologist. ...Read more

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Renal cell tumor - size of "fist" according to doc. What stage cancer is this? It's on the left kidney only. Mom has sob, back pain, polyuria.

Renal cell tumor - size of "fist" according to doc. What stage cancer is this? It's on the left kidney only. Mom has sob, back pain, polyuria.

Stage: Size in cm is staging; question to ask doc is foes it looks like there is spread outside the kidney ? Get lungs check too. ...Read more

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My mom has been diagnosed with renal cancer and they removed her kidney, what should she eat?

My mom has been diagnosed with renal cancer and they removed her kidney, what should she eat?

No special diet: There is no proven diet to prevent cancer. If her remaining kidney is working well she should have no special restrictions. Her family doctor might make other suggestions if she has any other conditions such as hypertension or diabetes. ...Read more

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Hello docs! can you tell me what country is kidney(renal) cancer most prominent in?

Hello docs! can you tell me what country is kidney(renal) cancer most prominent in?

North America: The incidence of kidney cancer varies greatly between countries but north america (at 15/100, 000) far outranks number 2 which is western europe, followed by other parts of europe, south america, and asia. The lowest rate is in western africa where the rate is only 1/100, 000. ...Read more

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If i toke HGH suplement in 19 years old. I there any effect on cancer cells , specialy if i had kidney cancer when i was 2 years?

If i toke HGH suplement in 19 years old. I there any effect on cancer cells , specialy if i had kidney cancer when i was 2 years?

NO: I assume that you had wilms tumor when you were 2 year old. Other type of kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma) does not occur in a 2 year old. Wilms tumor rarely recurs after two years of observation, and thus i think your risk of recurrence is extremely small. However you may have received radiation if you have high stage (stage 3 & 4). Radiation may give late side effects. Need regular check-up. ...Read more

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What is the followup treatment for kidney cancer t1a, clear cell type, grade 3? Will ultrasounds work or do you need catscans?

What is the followup treatment for kidney cancer t1a, clear cell type, grade 3? Will ultrasounds work or do you need catscans?

Follow up after surg: The nccn guidelines suggest follow-up with your doctor, blood work every 3 then 6 months. A ct is suggested at 2-6 months and as needed. You can look at recommended follow up on nccn.Org. Also t1a should have a a good outcome. I would ask my doctor for the whole plan of follow up. There are often reasons why they might suggest something different than the guidelines. ...Read more

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When you have a partial nephrectomy for stage 1 grade 3 clear cell kidney cancer, how can you tell if the lymph nodes are clear?

When you have a partial nephrectomy for stage 1 grade 3 clear cell kidney cancer, how can you tell if the lymph nodes are clear?

Only Time Will Tell: Usually, lymph nodes are not removed at the time of partial nephrectomy, unless suspicious on pre-op imaging. Post-op imaging surveillance will be necessary to watch for recurrence. If no nodal enlargement is observed over the following years, then the nodes are not involved. ...Read more

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Are kidney cancer cells different from breast cancer cells and lung cancer cells?

Quite Different: These 3 different cancers are actually quite different. Under the microscope they look different, and the types of mutations they have are also different. As a result, the way the different cancers are treated are also different. Generally speaking for kidney cancer they would use targeted therapies or immunotherapies instead of chemotherapy or hormone therapy. ...Read more

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kidney cancer. This ruptured during op to remove. would this have spread cancer cells? He has tumours now and a little in hip bone. Prognosis?

 kidney cancer. This ruptured during op to remove. would this have spread cancer cells? He has tumours now and a little in hip bone. Prognosis?

Often life limiting.: For kidney cancer that has spread (stage IV), median overall survival is ~ 1 year. In other words, 1/2 of people live longer than 1 year, and 1/2 people live shorter than 1 year. With treatment, median overall survival is now ~ 3 years. In other words, 1/2 of people live longer than 3 years, and 1/2 of people liver shorter than 3 years. ...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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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

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