Category Archives: Kidney Cancer

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

Hello. I have stage 5 kidney failure. My failure was caused by bladder cancer. A neo bladder was made, but does not release all urine, so the kidney is floating. My GFR is now at 14. I am getting scheduled for a fistula. Both of my kidneys are failing, so both will be removed. I will go on dialysis until I am able to have a kidney transplant. Up to four/six months, so I am told. I will not have any kidneys in my body. My question is: without any kidney, can I still lead a normal life, or will I be on dialysis during that entire time? I have done some reading and the answers are confusing because one says that I can do dialysis 2-3 times a week and be fine, where another article says that I will need to stay hooked up to the machines in order to continue to live until I get a transplant. Which is true? Thank you.

I am not a urologist so I am not familiar with the surgical details regarding the management of bladder cancer, but I do not understand why your kidneys would need to be removed just because they have failed. Kidneys are … Continue reading

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

What’s my best option t2 RCC left kidney surgery or chemo?

The question that you ask is a urological question. I am a nephrologist and have no surgical expertise. A urologist is a surgeon and deals with cancers of the kidney. I suggest that you address your question to a urologist.

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

My husband has polycystic kidneys. The left one has cancer also. QUESTION Can he have both of the kidneys removed & a family member (if compatible, give him a kidney). We are aware of the criteria for cancerous kidneys concerning transplant. We are talking about not using the donor list.

If the remaining kidney is still working sufficiently, even though it is polycystic, there should be no reason to perform a kidney transplant at this time. Removing a functioning kidney would not be medically indicated. In the case of kidney … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medication and Kidney Function, organ donation, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Transplantation

My 54 year old sister had breast cancer and a double mastectomy 3 years ago. She is also has Type 2 diabetes. On a recent ultrasound, she has a 1.5 cm nodulular mass on her kidney and will be getting a follow up CT scan and blood work. If this is found to be cancer, other than a urologist, what doctors should she see? Nephrologist? Oncologist? Thank you

As a nephrologist, I have no expertise in breast cancer and kidney cancer. I would not be able to offer an opinion about a mass on a kidney. In some cases, an oncologist may be able to offer advice, once … Continue reading

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