Category Archives: Kidney Cancer

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

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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

I have stage 4 kidney cancer and am on hospice care and now am told I have stage 3 kidney failure. Please tell me what to expect next as Hospice nurses will not or can not. Please be to the point, what do you think is my life expectancy and why? What then? How does this kind of situation normally end? Thank you.

Stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD) should have no impact on your kidney cancer. If you were taking chemotherapy, the doses of the chemotherapy might have to be reduced, but otherwise, it should have no impact. I am unable to … Continue reading

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

I have kidney disease and my gfr is around 27 and I have just been diagnosed with a renal cancer mass that is around 5cm. What choice would be best for me? I am also obese. If I choose to do nothing, what would happen? Thank you.

The problem that you pose is very complex. In this case, you would have to consult with both a nephrologist and a urologist for a discussion of the risks and benefits of kidney surgery. Kidney surgery could cause your kidney … Continue reading

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

I was found to have a 6.8 x 5.6 x 4.7 cm lower pole septated cyst. What are the chances this is a concern for AKA cancer? I’m 58 in good health. The cyst was 1.6 cm in 2009.

The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and do not deal with cancers of the kidney.  In the case of the septated cyst that you mention, the radiologist should describe the cyst using the … Continue reading

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

Last year in September, I had got back pain and I got an ultrasound done and they told me I had a small cyst but they told me to come back in 6 months.  I started to have pain on both kidneys and it is hard for me to use the restroom because it hurts to push . It’s hard to bed over or stretch.

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I do not recognize this as a form of kidney disease.  I suggest that you consult with your primary care physician (PCP) and have a … Continue reading

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