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Doctor insights on: Renal Cell Carcinoma Metastatic Sites

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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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How will be RBC count, pcv, hb in metastatic renal cell carcinoma?

How will be RBC count, pcv, hb in metastatic renal cell carcinoma?

Unpredictable: Most patients will have a drop in red count due to the cancer itself. Some will be normal, but a small percentage of renal cancers produce excess epo and will have a high rbc. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Any advice for renal cell carcinoma?

Any advice for renal cell carcinoma?

Get a good md: Find a doctor you can trust. Get a second opinion if you feel the need to either confirm the treatment course or find a different path. Consider removal of tumor in kidney if possible. Treat sites of metastatic disease aggressively if possible. ...Read more

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What is done for renal cell carcinoma?

What is done for renal cell carcinoma?

Treat or observe: Renal carcinoma is a primarily surgical disease. Most patients likely benefit from excision of tumors with the option of partial kidney removal allowing preservation of renal function compared to total removal. Newer options for small tumors include thermal ablation where cold or heat destroys the tumor. In some patients with small tumors and poor health or old age, surveillance can be pursued. ...Read more

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How deadly is renal cell carcinoma?

How deadly is renal cell carcinoma?

Varies with stage: Fortunately many renal cell carcinomas are now being diagnosed at an early stage (when the tumor is small and doesn't invade any other structures) thanks to improvements in imaging (ct scan etc). If early stage, many patients do very well after the tumor is removed. However, as the stage of the tumor increases, the risk of the cancer behaving aggressively increases. So stage helps to predict. ...Read more

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Is there cure for renal cell carcinoma?

Is there cure for renal cell carcinoma?

Yes: If it is removable with surgery cure is very likely. Most patients do well with this cancer. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for stage 4 renal cell carcinoma?

What is the prognosis for stage 4 renal cell carcinoma?

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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What is papillary renal cell carcinoma? Can it be treated?

What is papillary renal cell carcinoma? Can it be treated?

Yes: Papillary renal cell carcinoma is a type of kidney cancer. Surgery is the best option, if feasible. ...Read more

Dr. Terence Chapman
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Kidney Cancer (Definition)

Kidney cancer is a medical condition in which there is over proliferation of certain abnormal cell types found in the kidneys. Symptoms include abdominal mass, abdominal fullness or pain, blood in the urine, ...Read more