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My mother is in stage 4 kidney cancer. She is also on dialysis. What is her life expectancy?

My mother is in stage 4 kidney cancer. She is also on dialysis. What is her life expectancy?

No clear prediction.: Each individual case is unique & predictions are very difficult--but from what you describe, the life expectancy is, unfortunately, not long. Large series show that median survival for patients with stage IV disease is 16 to 20 months in contemporary reports, and the five-year survival rate is less than 10 percent for patients with distant metastases. Kidney failure may worsen the prognosis.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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.

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Doctor, my daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer, metastasized and had her right kidney totally removed. Since the nephrectomy, she has undergone 6 months of chemo, and 15 applications of radiation. Her diagnosis of life expectancy is 7-17 mon

Doctor, my daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer, metastasized and had her right kidney totally removed. Since the nephrectomy, she has undergone 6 months of chemo, and 15 applications of radiation. Her diagnosis of life expectancy is 7-17 mon

Please pose question: This is devastating, but I am not sure what your question is. Nobody can predict with accuracy survival. So, what is the age, what other medical problems, what was the type of kidney cancer (clear cell renal cell, papillary, sarcomatoid, etc). There are molecular targeted therapies for specific tumor types....

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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

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No symptoms and felt fine til they told me I had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

No symptoms and felt fine til they told me I had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

Lung cancer: About 35-40% patients when diagnosed with stage 4 nsclc do not have symptoms and signs of that and it is found as part of routine imaging or based on some very subtle and non specific signs and symptoms.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is kidney cancer always deadly?

No: As with any cancer, early detection and treatment result in higher cure rate. For kidney cancer, the five year survival for stage I is 81%, for stage ii is 74%, for stage iii is 53%, and for stage IV is 8%.

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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.

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How fast can grade 3 kidney cancer grow?

How fast can grade 3 kidney cancer grow?

Unpredictable: Kidney cancers can be unpredictable in their growth and spread. In studies where tumors have been monitored and not removed, the overall size on x-rays appears to increase relatively slowly since many cells have to grow before resulting in a measured difference in the diameter of the tumor. However, it would be unusual to monitor a known grade 3 tumor without removing it.

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How is kidney cancer different for a diabetic?

How is kidney cancer different for a diabetic?

Kidney function: Patients with diabetes are at greater risk for losing renal function and possibly needing dialysis. So, a diabetic patient with a kidney cancer may need to have more consideration for a partial nephrectomy for a kidney cancer. This is wheer only the tumor and a surrounding rim of normal tissue are removed frm the kidyney. Your urologist would determine the best and safets approach.

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What is the rate of survival for stage IV kidney cancer?

What is the rate of survival for stage IV kidney cancer?

Poor: Unfortunately the 5 year survival rate for stage IV renal cell cancer is poor, 0-20%. However, in recent years their have been significant advances in the treatment of this disease and we now see some long term survivors.

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How typical is bladder/kidney cancer in a 27 year old man?

How typical is bladder/kidney cancer in a 27 year old man?

Uncommon. ..: It is uncommon to see bladder/kidney cancer in a 27-yr0-old man. Bladder cancer most frequently happen to men >60s and women >70s and kidney cancer, in 50-70s of men or women. More detail? Ask your treating doc timely.

Dr. Sean Williamson
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