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What Happens If Diagnosed With Kidney Cancer?

Postby Leverton » Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:36 am

i just found out that my aunt may have it... she passed out a couple days ago so she got checked the next day... she says shes been in a lotta pain..they told her theres a good chance she may have the kidney cancer. what happens next? will she be ok? any info would be help thank you.
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Postby MacGregor » Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:41 pm

If the cancer is bad they could remove one of her kidneys

she will have to undergo chemo and probably radition.


she could have kidney transplant too, but not sure about that.
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Postby Trey » Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:18 pm

There is not enough information in the question to give a complete answer, so here is a general overview.
Because kidney cancer is not very sensitive to standard chemotherapy or radiation, the mainstay of therapy is surgical.
At the time of diagnosis, there are really two types of patients: those that are potentially curable (localized disease) and those that are not curable (metastatic disease).
If potentially curable, the cancer should be removed surgically.
If the tumor is relatively small, often just the tumor can be removed, leaving the remainder of the unaffected kidney in place to continue filtering the blood.
This is known as partial nephrectomy, which can be done laparoscopically or robotically (computer-assisted laparoscopic surgery) by some urologists with specialized training.
There are many benefits of leaving in place as much functioning kidney as possible, so partial nephrectomy is the operation of choice.
If the tumor is larger, or if there are no urologists available with the required skill-set, then the entire kidney can be removed in the operation known as radical nephrectomy.
This can also be done laparoscopically (through small incisions with a video telescope and long skinny instruments).
In some situations, such as in elderly patients or those with many other medical problems, the best plan of action may be to use an energy source such as cryoablation to freeze or radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to cook and kill the tumor, but leave it in place.


If the cancer has spread beyond the kidney (metastatic cancer), then surgery may be of little benefit.
In this case, an oncologist will likely recommend certain medications that block blood vessel growth such as Sutent or Nexavar, which have been shown to prolong survival.

I hope this helps.
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Postby Claude » Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:06 pm

She will have more tests done to confirm whether she has this or not.
Then, the doctor will refer her to an oncologist if she does have cancer who will plan what treatment is needed.
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Postby Gwynn » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:20 pm

If she is lucky they will remove the kidney and that will be the end of it. Chemo and radiation have no place in early stage kidney cancer.
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Re: What Happens If Diagnosed With Kidney Cancer?

Postby abigailclark » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:38 am

If the cancer is dangerous they may take away one amongst her kidneys ,she will got to bear chemo and doubtless radition. she may have excretory organ transplant too, however unsure this.
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