Is there any hope when kidney cancer has spread into the lungs and bone?

Stage 4 kidney ca. 5 year survival rate for kidney cancer spread to other organs ( st 4) is 0-20%. This has somewhat improved a little with approval of at least 7 new treatments over last few years. Certain characteristics of the patient & the cancer help to categorize patients into low, intermediate & high risk groups for poor survival.
Possibly. Advanced kidney cancer is difficult to control, but there have never been as many options for potentially effective treatment as we have now. Depending on the type of kidney cancer (clear cell), sometimes dramatic responses to new medications ("targeted therapy") can be seen with measurable improvements in survival. Clinical trials are available at major medical centers. Sadly, cures remain rare.

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Is there any hope when kidney cancer has moved into bone?

YES. It is well known that kidney cancer spreads to bones. In the last few years many new treatments have been introduced for a very uncommon cancer. There are two types of treatments. 1. Immunotherapy ( interferon, interleukin-2), 2. Targeted therapy (sorafenib, sunitinib, temsirulimus, everolimus, bevacizumab, pazopanib, axitinib). Yes there is hope. Read more...
Yes with caution. It's a serious condition when the kidney cancer has spreaded to the bone. There are quite a bit of newer drugs that blocks certain pathways in the cancer cells and thus achieving cell kill and cancer shrinkage. Most of the time, the intention is to shrink the cancer slow down the disease process and maintain quality of life. Please consult with your medical oncologist. Read more...
Sometimes. By ; large kidney cancer no longer confined to kidney is not good. Occasionally a kidney cancer patient may have a solitary bone metastasis which can be remove in toto. Such patients, with chemotherapy ; radiation, have a slight chance for a cure, but this is not the usual case. There is not much hope if kidney cancer has spread through flank or back ; into a rib. Best managed at a cancer center. Read more...

kidney cancer. This ruptured during op to remove. Would this have spread cancer cells? He has tumours now and a little in hip bone. Prognosis?

No spread by spill. Tumor cells spread when the lesion has the potential to spread and not via spill. When lesions of uterus curetted and are found circulating , these cells don't take. If lesion in hip bone, this tumor has spread from primary site and more likely has also spread to other sites prior to surgery. Food drugs available to control metastasis. Read more...
Often life limiting. For kidney cancer that has spread (stage IV), median overall survival is ~ 1 year. In other words, 1/2 of people live longer than 1 year, and 1/2 people live shorter than 1 year. With treatment, median overall survival is now ~ 3 years. In other words, 1/2 of people live longer than 3 years, and 1/2 of people liver shorter than 3 years. Read more...

My mother has kidney cancer which spread to the bone causing her arm to break. Now there's tumours on her hip and spine. What's her survival rate plea?

We all die. Her prognosis with widespread metastasis is not good. Other fractures and pain are disabling. Lung and brain metastasis is also common with renal cancer. Enjoy every day with her that you can! Read more...
Kidney cancer . Your mother, unfortunately, appears to have metstatic spread of her kidney cancer. The best person to ask about her survival is her urologist or her oncologist. They would be able to give a much more informed prognosis than any one else. Read more...
Variable but new txs. Fortunately there are new therapies that are showing a lot of promise for metastatic renal cell cancer that are more effective than past chemotherapies. Overall prognosis depends on her performance status and how much she is able to do herself currently.Pathologic fractures are not good but arms are better than legs or hops which would make her bedridden. Oncologist has stats and can discuss mor. Read more...

Does fluid in the lungs be related to kidney cancer?

Not directly. Fluid in the lungs may be related to fluid overload if the kidneys are not functioning, may be related to coincidental heart disease, or may be related to inflammation in the lung, from pneumonia or blood clot. Kidney cancer may be associated with an increased risk of blood clot which could break off and travel to the lung. If there is shortness of breath or pain in the chest, see md immediately. Read more...

Dx 18 mos ago w/ kidney cancer w/2 nodules in lungs. Asymptomatic since. Coughing in the morning now. Could this be the cancer showing itself?

Need evaluation/Test. The lung nodules may be related to kidney cancer. The best way to find out is to see if they have increased in size over the last 18 months. This can be done with a repeat Chest X-ray or CT scan(same test which showed the nodules first time should be repeated and compared to the original Test). This will provide you an answer. Read more...