(Renal Cell Carcinoma)
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- Family history of certain hereditary forms of kidney cancer
- Certain occupational exposures such as asbestos and aniline
- Tanning products
- Exposure to some toxins, such as astrolachia, which is an herb that is common in some Chinese herbal preparations
- Balkan nephritis
- Chronic renal stones
- Phenacetin abuse
- Tuberous sclerosis
- Dialysis treatment
- Von Hippel Lindau syndrome
- Blood in the urine
- Lower back pain or new pain elsewhere
- Shortness of breath or a cough
- A lump in the abdomen
- Unplanned, significant weight loss
- Swelling of ankles, legs, and/or abdomen
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Bone scan
- Chest x-rays
- IV pyelogram
- Renal angiography
- CT scan
- MRI scan
- Renal ultrasound
- Radical nephrectomy—removal of the entire kidney, adrenal gland, and nearby fatty tissue and lymph nodes
- Partial nephrectomy—removal of the cancerous part of the kidney only to treat smaller tumors that have not spread locally
- Removal of metastases—removal of cancerous tissue that has spread to other parts of the body, particularly when causing symptoms
- Avoid using tobacco products
- Eat a healthful diet
- Try to avoid occupations that may expose you to harsh chemicals
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
Kidney Cancer Association http://www.kidneycancer.org
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
The Kidney Foundation of Canada http://www.kidney.ca
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Kidney cancer (adult)—renal cell carcinoma. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003107-pdf.pdf. Accessed August 13, 2014.
Kidney cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/kidney. Accessed August 13, 2014.
Renal cell carcinoma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 2, 2014. Accessed August 13, 2014.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/28/2014 -
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