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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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How was my kidney cancer missed in ultrasound?

How was my kidney cancer missed in ultrasound?

difficult: Difficult to answer without seeing the images- but if the tumor was 'isoechoic' or the same echogenicity as the surrounding normal kidney, then it would not be seen with us. A ct or MRI (both with contrast) are both much more sensitive for detecting renal tumors. ...Read more

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31 yo husband bp uncontrolled did a 24 hr urine and kidney ultrasound (abnormality found) family hx of kidney cancer, poss cancer with abnormality?

31 yo husband bp uncontrolled did a 24 hr urine and kidney ultrasound (abnormality found) family hx of kidney cancer, poss cancer with abnormality?

Need further testing: If indeed a possible kidney mass was found on ultrasound, a CT scan (renal mass protocol) needs to be done in follow-up to confirm the presence of a mass and also to get an idea if there are any abnormally enlarged lymph nodes or other abnormalities in other organs. This is because ultrasound is very limited in resolution. A look at the adrenal glands with CT to rule out mass is important also. ...Read more

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I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

I have had kidney cancer CT scan now show another small lesion in the same kidney but ultrasound does not?

Mri: Mri can be another excellent imaging modality in these scenarios. If the renal mass is so small it's difficult to determine on ct then it is likely safe to follow with another ct in 6 - 12 months. But asking about MRI is one thought in the short term. ...Read more

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38 yr male, good shape, avid runner.Traces of blood in urine.Dad diagnosed with kidney cancer at 40. Dr ordered ultrasound. Would this show cancer?

38 yr male, good shape, avid runner.Traces of blood in urine.Dad diagnosed with kidney cancer at 40. Dr ordered ultrasound. Would this show cancer?

Not necessarily: Traces of blood in urine can result from many reasons, running and exercise is amongst few of the benign reasons, however it can be an early sign of cancer as well. A thorough investigation is mandatory for anyone with strong family history. One should consult the PCP right away and ideally should be evaluated by a Urologist. A kidney ultrasound is one of the many tests needed. ...Read more

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What is the followup treatment for kidney cancer t1a, clear cell type, grade 3? Will ultrasounds work or do you need catscans?

What is the followup treatment for kidney cancer t1a, clear cell type, grade 3? Will ultrasounds work or do you need catscans?

Follow up after surg: The nccn guidelines suggest follow-up with your doctor, blood work every 3 then 6 months. A ct is suggested at 2-6 months and as needed. You can look at recommended follow up on nccn.Org. Also t1a should have a a good outcome. I would ask my doctor for the whole plan of follow up. There are often reasons why they might suggest something different than the guidelines. ...Read more

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Ultrasound found a spot on kidney could it be cancer?

Ultrasound found a spot on kidney could it be cancer?

Yes: Ultrasound is a very good initial screening test for the kidneys.It can help identify kidney stones, obstruction of the kidneys, and tumors. If the ultrasound is questionable or clearly abnormal, a more specific imaging study is required such as a ct scan or MRI of the kidneys for further evaluation. Lesions seen ultrasound do not necessarily indicate cancer but further testing is warranted. ...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?

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

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


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