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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 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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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

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Can we use Votrient instead of Sunitinib for treatment of Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma Type 1 stage 4 kidney cancer with a similar mass near lungs?

Too complex: Question for this platform, the treating oncologist/team would have the answer to this. If you are seeking a second opinion, kindly confer with another oncologist with more information and full details of the case at hand, wish you well ...Read more

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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