Category Archives: Kidney Cancer

For a person who has kidney cancer, what would be the best option or choice to undergo?

I am a nephrologist and have no surgical expertise.  A urologist is a surgeon who deals with kidney cancers and treatment recommendations.  I suggest you consult with a urologist.

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Treatments, Urological Issues

I have one kidney, right one removed due to renal cell carcinoma, and my creatinine is high 1.5 and my GFR is 46. My surgery was 5 years ago and my CT’s are negative for re-occuring cancer. What should my creatinine and GFR be. My doctor tells me to drink more water but my enlarged prostate is a problem for drinking more of anything, between a rock and a hard place?

Removing a kidney should decrease to estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) by 50%.  Hence, if you had normal kidney function for two kidneys, that would mean that the normal eGFR of 90 to 120 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared, should … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, GFR, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrectomy / One kidney, Serum Creatinine

My wife, 66 yo, was recently diagnosed with kidney disease early stage kidney failure. Her protein numbers, etal remained somewhat steady for 6 months but on her last two labs they have shot up so the doctor ordered more aggressive treatment which includes prednisone and 2 chemo sessions. She never had a kidney biopsy and cancer has never been diagnosed. In fact by process of elimination the diagnosis is hereditary and high blood pressure. My wife did not ask why chemo if no cancer but I am really upset about it but don’t want to alarm her. Could there be another reason for the chemo? Thank You.

In order for your wife to receive chemotherapy for kidney disease, it is commonly necessary for your wife to sign a permit that she has received informed consent about the use of chemotherapy.  If your wife has not received informed … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Biopsy, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Lupus, Nephrotic Syndrome

How long would I generally need to be free of cancer to qualify for a kidney transplant? I am about 8 years out from both renal and prostate cancer, but I recently received a diagnosis of testicular cancer. They removed the testicle and PET scan post surgery was clear.

There is no single answer to your question.  Each transplant center determines the criteria they will use to offer a kidney transplant.  Hence, you would have to be evaluated by a transplant center and they would have to provide you … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Transplantation

I believe I have been diagnosed with Stage 3 because of the chemo and radiation part of my treatment for cancer. Because of that, can the disease continue to get worse even after treatment has ended? If so, does the disease worsen more rapidly compared to the normal causes? Lastly, am I at any more risk for recurrence or new cancers having CKD? Thank you in advance for your knowledge.

Kidneys that have been injured by radiation and chemotherapy often show progressive kidney disease and loss of function. The speed of this deterioration is often very unpredictable. Your kidney function should likely be monitored at least every three months and … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions

I recently had several blood tests done and I found out that my albumin number was 116. My triglycerides were high too (300 I think). I am going to be referred to a nephrologist. What questions should I ask my nephrologist upon my first visit? I was told that my albumin should be less than 16; is this correct? Also, cancer (various types) run in my family and that we have a predisposed gene that makes us susceptible to cancer. (Kidney cancer is 1 of those.) Should I be concerned about this?

I am not sure what number you are referring to as your “albumin number”. Hence, I do not know what reference value to use. I am not sure whether this is albumin in the blood or albumin in the urine. … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, GFR, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Urological Issues

Hello Doctors, this is in connection with my father’s treatment in India and I am currently in the USA. He was diagnosed with some issues in 2008. The kidney where he had a tissue/big growth on one of the kidneys. That kidney’s function had stopped and had to be removed. It’s been 11 years and he has been doing well. They did a routine checkup and found that there is a cancerous tumor in the 2nd and only kidney. The kidney functionality is working fine. Blood and urine are still fine. Is there a way where only that tumor can be removed and that the kidney still remains and functions? Some doctors are suggesting to remove and go with dialysis or kidney transplantation. Please suggest and let me know if you need the reports copy.

The problem that you identify is a urological problem. I am a nephrologist and have no surgical expertise. A urologist is a surgeon and deals with decisions about whether a kidney cancer can be removed by limited surgery or requires … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrectomy / One kidney, Nephrologist

I have a relative who is a 61 year old male. He said he has a tumor on his kidney. He also has purplish blotches on top of both feet and on the back of his left calf. Are these two things related? I appreciate any light you can shed on this matter. Thank you.

I am not an expert in kidney cancers. There are some skin diseases that can be associated with kidney cancers including cutaneous leiomyomas and tuberous sclerosis lesions that may appear and red or purple lesions of the skin.  You may … Continue reading

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My friend was diagnosed with collecting duct carcinoma and recently had her kidney and a nearby lymph node removed. Her Doctor hasn’t seen a case of CDC in 20 years. She will get a 2nd opinion at the Mayo soon. Do you have any recent information or know any doctors in our Minneapolis area who has experience with this condition? She is waiting for results of her PET scan from Tuesday, which seems like it is taking too long considering her condition. Any help you could provide would be appreciated. She is 65 and is strong. Thanks.

I am a nephrologist and do not deal with cancers of the kidney. I have never seen a collecting duct carcinoma. The collecting duct is one of the unique cell types of non-clear cell carcinomas of the kidney but I … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Urological Issues

I have type 1 kidney cancer in my remaining kidney. The cancer doctor claims Chemo or Radiation can not be used to fight it and they want to remove my kidney which would require dialysis. I’m an 83 yr.old, strong and in otherwise excellent health. Are there no other options to save my kidney?

I am not familiar with “Type 1 Kidney Cancer”. If this is your only remaining kidney, you may have to discuss this with an oncologist and a nephrologist. You may need to look at your life expectancy with kidney cancer … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Dialysis, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist