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My mother is in stage 4 kidney cancer. She is also on dialysis. What is her life expectancy?

My mother is in stage 4 kidney cancer. She is also on dialysis. What is her life expectancy?

No clear prediction.: Each individual case is unique & predictions are very difficult--but from what you describe, the life expectancy is, unfortunately, not long. Large series show that median survival for patients with stage IV disease is 16 to 20 months in contemporary reports, and the five-year survival rate is less than 10 percent for patients with distant metastases. Kidney failure may worsen the prognosis.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Doctor, my daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer, metastasized and had her right kidney totally removed. Since the nephrectomy, she has undergone 6 months of chemo, and 15 applications of radiation. Her diagnosis of life expectancy is 7-17 mon

Doctor, my daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer, metastasized and had her right kidney totally removed. Since the nephrectomy, she has undergone 6 months of chemo, and 15 applications of radiation. Her diagnosis of life expectancy is 7-17 mon

Please pose question: This is devastating, but I am not sure what your question is. Nobody can predict with accuracy survival. So, what is the age, what other medical problems, what was the type of kidney cancer (clear cell renal cell, papillary, sarcomatoid, etc). There are molecular targeted therapies for specific tumor types....

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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.

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Survivalrate of stage 4 kidney cancer reciveing dialysis?

Survivalrate of stage 4 kidney cancer reciveing dialysis?

Improving: Formerly this was zero. A decade ago it might have been 10%. With the new targeted medications for common renal cell carcinoma, it is impossible to give an accurate number since both the length and quality of survival are improving so surprisingly. Good luck, and cherish every day -- it's not the number of days in the life, but life in the days.

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What is the survival rate of a person diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer?

What is the survival rate of a person diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer?

D/w your oncologist: In general, the median overall survival of stage 4 kidney cancer will be around 16 to 20 months- with a 5 year overall survival of less than 10%. If eligible for il-2, in selected cases, (will depend on the location of metastases, the type of cancer cells, how much metastases, other prognostic factors- overall condition etc) - il-2, can give dramatic and durable responses. D/w your md.

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My mother has stage 4 kidney cancer how painful is it?

My mother has stage 4 kidney cancer how painful is it?

Depends on organ: Stage 4 kidney cancer means it has spread to other parts of the body such as the lungs, bones, brain, liver etc. Often, organ metastasis may not be painful unless very large, rapidly growing or impinging on other structures. An experienced medical oncologist should guide and help treat both the disease and symptoms.

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My dad takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. What meds can he take for it?

My dad takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. What meds can he take for it?

See your doctor: Congestive heart failure is usually treated with diuretics and other medications tailored to your situation. The advice of your internist oncologist, or cardiologist with respect to treatment would be best in this situation.

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What do you suggest if my father takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. Any meds he can take for it?

What do you suggest if my father takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. Any meds he can take for it?

Be careful: Advanced cancer of the kidney is hard to deal with. There is little to do although the sutent (sunitinib) is sometimes helpful. It will not cure it but can slow it down. You however need to talk to the doctor who prescribed as this can exacerbate the heart failure. The pt may want to continue the drug despite the CHF. This has to be decided by pt and physician weighing the benefits. Diuretics and b blockers

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How many types of kidney cancer are there? Male, age 55, just removed a tumor in the brain does this mean stage 4?

How many types of kidney cancer are there? Male, age 55, just removed a tumor in the brain does this mean stage 4?

~Ten important types: And some rare ones. If it's from the brain, it's stage 4. A pathologist can often tell the location of the primary tumor just from a piece of that mass that spread to the brain.

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No symptoms and felt fine til they told me I had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

No symptoms and felt fine til they told me I had stage IV primary lung cancer / 2nd kidney cancer. Is it that unusual or rare for a person to live a long normal life without ever knowing they have it?

Lung cancer: About 35-40% patients when diagnosed with stage 4 nsclc do not have symptoms and signs of that and it is found as part of routine imaging or based on some very subtle and non specific signs and symptoms.

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What is the rate of survival for stage IV kidney cancer?

What is the rate of survival for stage IV kidney cancer?

Poor: Unfortunately the 5 year survival rate for stage IV renal cell cancer is poor, 0-20%. However, in recent years their have been significant advances in the treatment of this disease and we now see some long term survivors.

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Received a diagnosis 1 yr and 8th months ago for stage 4 clear cell renal cancer. My organ functions are normal. Life expectancy?

Received a diagnosis 1 yr and 8th months ago for stage 4 clear cell renal cancer. My organ functions are normal. Life expectancy?

Difficult to answer: Many variables are evaluated to determine a prognosis. A medical oncologist is knowledgeable and should be consulted.

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I have stage four kidney cancer witch spread to my groin terasich spine limp notes I also had a kidney removed how much longer I have to live?

See answer: I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis. However, there have never been more options for many patients with renal cell carcinoma (rcc). The most common type (clear cell) may respond well to newer treatments which have been shown to improve survival in some patients. I recommend that you seek an opinion at a cancer center (see www. Nccn. Org) to see if you may qualify for a clinical trial. Good luck!

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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

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How long can a person live with stage 4 kidney cancer without treatment?

Read this article: Http://www. Healthline. Com/health/kidney-cancer/kidney-cancer-prognosis-stage#overview1

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Can a person live two year that has stage 4 kidney cancer without treatment?

Can a person live two year that has stage 4 kidney cancer without treatment?

Maybe: This is longer than one would expect, however essentially nothing is truly "impossible." but this would be an outlier, longer than expected.

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Can a 25 year young female have kidney cancer?

Can a 25 year young female have kidney cancer?

Rare but possible: Kidney cancers (renal cell cancer) are rare in young people, of the total aprx 38, 000 75% are 60 yrs or over, 1.4 % in the age of 20 to 34 years. Incidence in female is slightly less.

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What can I try at home to treat kidney cancer?

What can I try at home to treat kidney cancer?

See your doctor: Kidney cancer is a potentially fatal illness that needs to be treated by trained specialists. They will "stage" the cancer before recommending appropriate treatment. There are no effective home treatments.

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Dr. Sean Williamson
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