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Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Kidney cancer, Hypernephroma, or Adenocarcinoma of the Kidney


  • The cause of Kidney Cancer is unknown. Cigarette smoking certainly does increase the risk.  Rarely, certain genetic (inherited) syndromes increase the risk as well (specifically von Hippel-Lindau syndrome). Those on long-term dialysis may also have increased risk of developing Renal Cell Carcinoma.

  • Urinalysis may show microscopic blood
  • Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) -- X-Rays taken after the dye is injected
  • Ultrasound or CT scan can detect tumors or further delineate tumors
  • Chest X-Ray to check for lung metastases
  • Bone scans to check for bone metastases
  • MRI orDoppler Ultrasound to check for tumor thrombus in realigning then vein and inferior vena cava

  • Surgical removal of the affected kidney (if the tumor is only in the kidney, there is a 90-100% of a 5-year survival rate).
  • Chemotherapy may be tried in more advanced diseases.  Vinblastine, alpha interferon, or inteleukin-2 may be considered.
  • If you suspect this condition, seek medical treatment very soon.  If this disease is caught early, there is more of a chance for recovery then if it is detected late.

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Angiomyolipomas
  • Transitional cell cancers of the renal pelvis
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Oncocytomas
  • Renal abscesses

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