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What effects does kidney cancer have on your body if you are unable to have surgery?

What effects does kidney cancer have on your body if you are unable to have surgery?

Depends...: It depends on the reason for not having surgery. If surgery is not done because of medical ineligibility then there are methods to control cancer symptoms- embolization, cryotherapy, oral chemotherapy, radiiation, etc. Without any treatment symptoms such as urinary bleeding, pain, weight loss, and general failure occurs over time. Discuss with your oncologist and urologist. ...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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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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My wife has 4th stage kidney cancer she is very weak weight 96 lbs. Chemo did not work she started chemo pills votrient (pazopanib). Should surgery be consider?

My wife has 4th stage kidney cancer she is very weak weight 96 lbs. Chemo did not work she started chemo pills  votrient (pazopanib). Should surgery be consider?

Surgery not helpful: Your wife has metastatic RCC and has poor performance status. Surgery is likely not an option because it cannot remove all of the metastatic disease, even if your wife could survive such an extensive surgery. Votrient (pazopanib) has shown the ability to prolong time to progression of RCC (9.2 months versus 4.2 months for placebo) but no statistically significant prolongation of life. ...Read more

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Does the adrenal gland need to be removed with kidney cancer surgery?

No: The adrenal gland is a small but very important organ that sits on top of each kidney. During kidney cancer surgery, it has been traditionally removed as part of the surgery to remove the kidney cancer. However, there is a lot of recent data to show that it does not need to be removed with the kidney as long as certain criteria are met such as size of the kidney tumor, location of tumor, etc. ...Read more

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What could be the result of an alkaline phosphate of 149...History of kidney cancer in past, had surgery to remove it.

What could be the result of an alkaline phosphate of 149...History of kidney cancer in past, had surgery to remove it.

Nonspecific: Alkaline phosphatase is a blood test that can be elevated in both diseases of the liver or the bone. Conceivably if kidney cancer spreads to either the liver or bone, the alp may become elevated especially if the spread is quite extensive. However, other benign conditions can lead to alp elevations such as infection, paget's disease of the bone, hepatitis, inflammation. Get a thorough check up. ...Read more

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2012 was diagnosed w/ kidney cancer, had surgery removed 18% of left kidney.Having reoccuring UTI sence im scared could cancer be coming back?

2012 was diagnosed w/ kidney cancer, had surgery removed 18% of left kidney.Having reoccuring UTI sence im scared could cancer be coming back?

Not likely: Recurrent UTI is not necessarily due to your kidney cancer. In fact the two conditions are not related. Since your tumor was probebly quite small when it was removed(in 2012) it is quite unlikely to come back so soon. You should go see your gynecologist or family doctor and ask for their advice as to how to stop the recurring uti...I think they will find you a solution. ...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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My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes. He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes.  He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

What is the question: We need more info. This request says 80 year old Female...is that you or the patient??? Tell us if you have shown this person to an oncologist for treatment consideration. Radiotherapy/ and chemotherapy may be useful but a good medical oncologist is what you need first. Please send us your question(say it clearly) about his lung Cancer(only) ...Read more

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Kidney cancer should I have surgery without a biopsy? The doctor recently found a growth on my kidney. I had an mri, cat, blood test and chest x-ray. No blood or protein in urine. The doctor wants to do surgery and remove all of the kidney as well. I've p

Kidney cancer should I have surgery without a biopsy? The doctor recently found a growth on my kidney. I had an mri, cat, blood test and chest x-ray. No blood or protein in urine. The doctor wants to do surgery and remove all of the kidney as well. I've p

BIopsies : Biopsies are not often used to diagnose kidney tumors. The imaging studies you underwent (ct scan and mri) can provide sufficient information for a surgeon to decide if an operation is needed. A ct scan is one of the most useful imaging studies for detected kiney tumors because it gives the surgeon detailed/precise information in terms of size, location and shape of the tumor. A ct scan can also help to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. An MRI provides detailed images of the soft tissue and vessels in the body and can also be helpful in determining if the cancer has spread. Biopsies are only done on kidney tumors if the information provided in a ct scan was inconclusive. Your surgeon has enough information from the imaging studies to make valid recommendations for surgery. ...Read more

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How common is kidney cancer?

How common is kidney cancer?

Relatively uncommon: Kidney cancer is the sixth and eighth leading cause of new cancers in men and women in 2012, respectively. An estimated 40, 250 cases in men and 24, 520 in women are projected in 2012, which represents 5% and 3% of new cancer diagnoses for men and women, respectively. ...Read more

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How can I treat kidney cancer?

How can I treat kidney cancer?

Surgery or ChemoRad: The most common treatment for kidney cancer that has not spread is surgery to remove the kidney (a nephrectomy). If the tumor is small enough, it could be done by removing part of the kidney to preserve some kidney function on that side (a partial nephrectomy). These surgeries can be done open, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted laparoscopic. Cancers that have spread require chemo and/or radiation. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have kidney cancer?

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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Could a kidney cancer exist for 17 years?

Could a kidney cancer exist for 17 years?

Yes: At autopsy, I've often found tiny cancers and thought, "Maybe it would have been big enough to be a problem in maybe twenty years." ...Read more

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What are the different stages of kidney cancer?

What are the different stages of kidney cancer?

Variable: Simply: local regional metastatic - widespread their are sizes, grades, histology and more formal tmn stages. ...Read more

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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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What symptoms would a person have if they have kidney cancer?

What symptoms would a person have if they have kidney cancer?

Gross hematuria: Or visible blood in urine, but this is a late symptom unfortunately. Most curable kidney cancers are found incidentally when an imaging study, such as ultrasound, ct, or mri, is done for an unrelated condition. ...Read more

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What are some common risk factors for developing kidney cancer?

What are some common risk factors for developing kidney cancer?

Smoking, obesity: Others can include anatomic abnormalities such as horseshoe kidney, chronic renal failure, and genetic abnormalities. ...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