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Doctor insights on: Stage 4 Kidney Cancer Life Expectancy

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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. ...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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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.... ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...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