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I have had kidney cancer. I just got my CT scan back and they report a lesion on my right ilium bone possible a bone island. Could this be cancer?

I have had kidney cancer. I just got my  CT scan back and they report a lesion on my right ilium bone possible a bone island. Could this be cancer?

Possibly: Bone is a relatively common site of spread of kidney cancer. The odds that this is true in your case depend on the stage and grade of your original cancer and the radiographic appearance. If the radiologist described it as a bone island that makes it less likely that it is cancer. Discussing this with your doctor is a good idea, and the need for a biopsy or other further testing can be determined. ...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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Is there any hope when kidney cancer has moved into bone?

Is there any hope when kidney cancer has moved into bone?

Sometimes: By ; large kidney cancer no longer confined to kidney is not good. Occasionally a kidney cancer patient may have a solitary bone metastasis which can be remove in toto. Such patients, with chemotherapy ; radiation, have a slight chance for a cure, but this is not the usual case. There is not much hope if kidney cancer has spread through flank or back ; into a rib. Best managed at a cancer center. ...Read more

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Is there any hope when kidney cancer has spread into the lungs and bone?

Is there any hope when kidney cancer has spread into the lungs and bone?

Stage 4 kidney ca: 5 year survival rate for kidney cancer spread to other organs ( st 4) is 0-20%. This has somewhat improved a little with approval of at least 7 new treatments over last few years. Certain characteristics of the patient & the cancer help to categorize patients into low, intermediate & high risk groups for poor survival. ...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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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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My mother has kidney cancer which spread to the bone causing her arm to break. Now there's tumours on her hip and spine. What's her survival rate plea?

My mother has kidney cancer which spread to the bone causing her arm to break. Now there's tumours on her hip and spine. What's her survival rate plea?

Kidney cancer : Your mother, unfortunately, appears to have metstatic spread of her kidney cancer. The best person to ask about her survival is her urologist or her oncologist. They would be able to give a much more informed prognosis than any one else. ...Read more

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My mother died of kidney cancer at age 71. Is this hereditary? Should I have yearly scans?

It depends: Kidney cancer at a later age like in your mother's case is more likely to be sporadic than familial. Other factors to consider include asking if anybody else in your family has a history of cancer including kidney cancer. If nobody else has a history, i would recommend your routine yearly doctor visits, screening tests, etc. Yearly cts would be most likely be overkill. ...Read more

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If somebody had kidney cancer can doctors tell what stage it's in by doing an MRI or cat scan on the patient?

If somebody had kidney cancer can doctors tell what stage it's in by doing an MRI or cat scan on the patient?

Imaging good info: You want to know if imaging studies like ct scan or MRI will help determine the stage in renal cancer. You will get good infrmation from imaging and the staging will be estimated. If the renal cancer extends into the inferior venae cavae or to the right atrium it can be detected by imaging studies. Surgery will confirm the clinical staging. Be well and i wish you the best. ...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