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Postby Garvin » Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:25 am

What are the Causes of Kidney Cancer? What happens if the cancer has already spread throught the kidney and onto the second one? What is the treatment?
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Postby Saeweard » Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:10 am

Causes of kidney cancer are generally unknown, and there are several types of kidney cancer.

The cancer I have is a childhood cancer called Nephroblastoma, it is more commonly known as Wilm's Tumor. In my case, when I was diagnosed, at age five, the cancer was on both kidneys. With Wilm's tumor, when the cancer is found on both kidneys it is usually not that the cancer spread from one to the other, but each tumor developed on its own. With Wilm's tumor, this is called Stage V or Bilateral Wilm's tumor, and each side of the body is staged seperately by means of traditional staging. At original diagnosis I had a football sized tumor on my right kidney and a ping pong ball sized tumor on my left. It had also spread to my lungs, lymph nodes, and other abdominal areas. It was staged as Stage IV on the left side, and Stage II on the right.

I was treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The surgery included a radical nephrectomy of the left kidney (removing the whole thing and the tumor) and a partial nephrectomy of the right kidney (removed tumor and part of the kidney) and lung surgeries to remove tumor there as well. Chemotherapy cleared up most of the cancer and radiation helped too. I had complications though, and suffered kidney failure and had a kidney transplant. I was in remission by age 9.

I relapsed at age 12 and was successfully treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation again. I reached remission at age 14.

I relapsed AGAIN at age 17, and had high-dose chemotherapy along with a bone marrow transplant, and i am now continuing with chemotherapy and am doing well.

I hope this helps you out.
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Postby bingen » Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:42 am

nobody knows
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Postby Kohana » Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:30 am

Why do you ask hope nobody you know has it. Not sure what causes it, its like any other cancer a mystery. My Mum was diagnosed with kidney cancer last may. At first thought they where going to remove the kidney. That was before they did a ct scan and found it had spread to her liver and lung. It was VERY aggressive. in less than 6 weeks one of the 3 cm tumors in Mums liver had grown to OVER 12cm. There was NOTHING they could do. They tried a drug called Sutent but it was useless the cancer had spread to far by this point. Mum pasted away sept 7 after only a four month battle aged 60. The worst thing about it was there where NO symptoms at all and mum lead a very healthy lifestyle never smoked or drank alcohol a day in her life. It was a heartbreaking shock
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