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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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I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

Mri: Mri can be another excellent imaging modality in these scenarios. If the renal mass is so small it's difficult to determine on ct then it is likely safe to follow with another ct in 6 - 12 months. But asking about MRI is one thought in the short term. ...Read more

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Should a kidney cancer survivor have routine yearly tests that include CT scans of the lungs?

Not necessarily: Depending on the stage and grade of kidney cancer, some patients may require ct scan of lungs. For many patients, yearly chest x-ray for the first 5 years may be sufficient. ...Read more

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I had kidney cancer and now have pain in my right hip area and going down the right side of my bottom CT scan show a lesion in the right medial ilium?

I had kidney cancer and now have pain in my right hip area and going down the right side of my bottom CT scan show a lesion in the right medial ilium?

Further testing: More detailed imaging may be helpful and possibly a biopsy of the area to determine the exact cause of pain. In cases of isolated bony metastasis, focused radiation therapy can provide significant relief from pain. Other therapies may be available as well depending on your particular situation, but it is certainly possible that'll none of this is cancer related. Good luck and keep in touch! ...Read more

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What are reasons why would doctors run bone scan for prostate cancer?

What are reasons why would doctors run bone scan for prostate cancer?

Because...: ....Bone is the number one place to where prostate cancer will metastasize. It is not the only place it can go to, though. ...Read more

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Bone scan revealed small lesions on lungs/ribcage. Could they be anything other than cancer?

Bone scan revealed small lesions on lungs/ribcage. Could they be anything other than cancer?

Correlation: Bone scan is very sensitive and not specific. Correlative imaging ususally ct of chest would be needed. Lesions of ribs can also be fractures, benign tumors, and congenital anomalies. Lung uptake can also occcur in metabolic conditions, sometimes infection, scars, etc. ...Read more

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Can cancer be caused by having a bone scan?

Can cancer be caused by having a bone scan?

Essentially not.: There is radiation with a bone scan, but it's reasonably low. Your drive to the clinic/hospital was probably more dangerous than the scan itself. ...Read more

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Is dark spot appearing on bones by bone scan cancer?

Is dark spot appearing on bones by bone scan cancer?

Maybe not: Areas if increased uptake can be caused by a number of different things. Fractures can do this as well as arthritis (if near a joint), infection and yes cancer can do this also...But other bone lesions that are not considered malignant can also do this. This is why it is so important to see your doctor, who can put this information together with your history, symptoms and results from other tests. ...Read more

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I have to have a bone scan because of scoliosis. Can having this give me cancer?

I have to have a bone scan because of scoliosis. Can having this give me cancer?

Probably not: A bone scan is done by administering a dose of a radioactive isotope into the blood stream. By itself, this is not harmful. However, low doses of radiation exposure over a prolonged time can lead to cancer, though the amount needed to do this is not really known. As long as you do not need frequent tests requiring radiation exposure, there is little risk from a single bone scan. ...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