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Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Life Expectancy
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
Often very good: It depends on the tumor stage, which is based on the tumor size and whether it is confined to the kidney or invades other structures. Many papillary renal cell carcinomas are small and confined to kidney, in which case they often do not recur. ...Read more
My brother has been diagnosed with metastatic renal cell carcinoma stage 4. Am i at risk of this disease . Is this cancer rare?
My brother has metastatic renal cell carcinoma and it's spread the doctor said he could pass anytime y r they still giving him chemotherapy?
So sorry : Once cancer metastasizes, it is no longer curable. However, individuals can live for some time especially if they are being treated by chemo or targeted therapies. I don't know your brother's exact situation nor dx. If treatment is too toxic for him, he can elect to stop. Drs may be giving him palliative tx which can help with pain and other symptoms. When time comes, consider hospice to help all. ...Read more
I had nephrectomy in feb. After that i was diagnosed as metastatic renal cell carcinoma (lung cancer). But i don't have any symptoms as doc said.Why?
Congratulations: Renal cell carcinoma is notoriously capricious and unpredictable. It's common for a lung metastasis to vanish or stay stable for many years, especially after removal fo the primary tumor. I'm going to assume the diagnosis is accurate. Cherish being alive and be thankful for whatever time you have left -- fill it with love and good things. ...Read more
Unusual but possible: Metastasis (spread) to the skin is uncommon for renal cell carcinoma. Lung is a much moe common site of spread. However, skin metastasis has been described. In fact, there are patients who were originally diagnosed solely through the biopsy of a suspicious skin lesion. Fortunately, unusual skin lesions are often accessible for biopsy which should decrease the uncertainty of diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poor: Unfortunately even with chemo, stage IV renal cell has a short survival time. Some reasonably good chemo agents are coming available but present therapies may work for a while, then quit working. ...Read more
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