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My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

See a urolgist: You should have your brother get further evaluated by a urologist and/or an oncologist to determine the best course of treatment. Early cancers can be removed surgically. More advanced cancers can be treated with medications. Some types of kidney cancer are very slow growing and may be tracked by ct scans rather than be treated. ...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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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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How can I tell if I have kidney cancer?

Medical imaging: Most kidney tumors today are found early by imaging i.e. Ultrasounds or ct scans done for other reasons. Many other are diagnosed becoause of blood in the urine_ hematuria.Larger tumors may cause pain or fever. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me the early symptoms of a kidney cancer?

Can someone tell me the early symptoms of a kidney cancer?

Blood in urine: There are no good early symptoms, other than small quantities of blood in urine that may require microscopic examination of urine. Other symptoms may be flank discomfort, ruddiness of coomplexion, weakness and renal colic if there are blood cloots due to frank bleeding. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the chances of kidney cancer coming in your kidney but only this time in both?

Rare: Bilateral kidney cancers at the same time are rare, perhaps ~2% of the time. Though this rate increases with certain genetic disorders. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my mom has kidney cancer?

Ask: Have a conversation with her and if she has not gone to the doctor taker her there & ask permission from her to fill out a hippa form that will allow you to speak to her doctor. If she does not want to involve you in her care that is her right (as frustrating & sad as that sounds). One of the simple ways to look at kidneys is via ultrasound. It would be helpful to know more about her condition. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about non surgical options for kidney cancer?

Can you tell me about non surgical options for kidney cancer?

None for early stage: non operable cases palliation only by chemotherapy radiation , or even combination.Follow your doctor's advise . ...Read more

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