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What percentage of people who had a partial nephrectomy have kidney cancer recur?
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What is the medical term meaning Surgical removal of a kidney?
Common Treatments for Kidney Cancer?
The kidneys are very important in keeping people healthy. Kidneys filter the blood sending waste products to be passed out of the body in urine. When the kidneys do not function effectively, the patient feels sick in many ways including being tired and feeling like they have the flu. When a person has kidney cancer, the cells of the kidney grow too fast. Sometimes when this happens, the cells cluster together and form a cancerous tumor. Renal cell cancer is the most common kind of kidney cancer. There are several common ways to teat kidney cancer including surgery and radiation. Common Treatments The most common way to treat kidney cancer is surgery, usually a nephrectomy, which is the removal of the kidney or part of a kidney. The most common nephrectomy is a radical nephrectomy in which the entire kidney, adrenal glands, and some surrounding tissue are removed. Another form of nephrectomy is a simple nephrectomy in which the patient is in Stage 1 cancer and only the kidney is removed. The other common surgery is a partial nephrectomy in which part of the kidney is removed. This operation most often occurs if the patient only has one remaining kidney, or cancer is in both kidneys. An arterial embolization is another treatment that is fairly common. In this treatment a tube is place through the leg into the veins that supply blood to the diseased kidney and the blood supply is cut off, depriving the tumor of blood. Sometimes arterial embolization is used prior to surgery in order to make surgery easier. Radiation therapy is another localized kind of treatment for kidney cancer. This treatment is usually given at least five days a week for several weeks. High energy radiation is sent directly to the tumor killing it. Sometimes radiation is used to shrink a tumor prior to surgery, and sometimes it is used after surgery to insure that all cancer cells are killed. Chemotherapy is used some on kidney cancer, but it is not as successful as other treatments. Chemo is a systemic instead of target treatment, which makes it less effective. Doctors are working to try to find a chemo treatment that will work better in the treatment of kidney cancer. Like with any cancer, early diagnosis is important for having a positive prognosis. When the disease is diagnosed early and the treatment is aggressive, the survival rate of kidney cancer tends to be very high.
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What is the suffix in the medical term nephrectomy?
Asked in Cancer
What is the best treatment for kidney cancer?
Asked in Health, Surgery and Hospitalization
What is a laparoscopic nephrectomy?
A nephrectomy is the surgical removal of a kidney. A laparoscopic nephrectomy is the removal of the kidney using "keyhole" surgery. This means using special instruments so that only a very small cut is made in the patient. It needs to be only large enough to insert the instruments and can be stretched to allow the kidney to be removed. The small incision is generally believed to be beneficial to the patient by allowing faster recovery and minimal scaring.
Best Kidney Cancer Treatment Options?
When diagnosed with kidney cancer, the best treatment option depends on the overall health of the patient, the type of cancer found and how far it has advanced. Options include surgical and nonsurgical methods. While surgery is the most common treatment for cancer of the kidney, nonsurgical therapies can help relieve symptoms or make surgery easier to perform. Importance of Staging When physicians first diagnose cancer of the kidney, they need to know how far the cancer has advanced before attempting treatment. Cancerous cells can stay within the kidney, spread to nearby lymph nodes or move into the adrenal gland, liver, bones and lungs. Staging helps physicians determine tumor size, which organs are involved and the best treatment options. Determining the stage of the cancer requires imaging tests. These tests include a CT scan, an ultrasound and sometimes an MRI. Kidney Cancer Surgery Once physicians know the extent of the problem, they have several treatment methods available. Removing the kidney is the most common. Depending on the stage of the cancer, there are three operations a surgeon can perform. If the kidney tumor is small, a partial nephrectomy involves removing just the abnormal growth within the kidney. A larger tumor may require a simple nephrectomy. This procedure removes the entire damaged kidney. When the cancer spreads beyond the kidney, a radical nephrectomy is used. In this case, a surgeon removes the kidney, adrenal glands, surrounding tissue and sometimes portions of the lymph nodes. Nonsurgical Methods of Treatment Surgery is not always possible, so physicians might choose an arterial embolization or radiation treatment in an attempt to shrink the tumor. These types of procedures make surgical methods easier or help to relieve the symptoms of the cancer. Radiation kills the cancer cells, so this method is also beneficial after surgery. Often physicians use radiation to eliminate any cancer cells still around. Biological therapy attempts to use synthetic forms of interleukin-2 or interferon alpha naturally found within the body's immune system and produced when the body detects infections or diseases. Chemotherapy is a drug-based treatment for kidney cancer but is the least effective method for treating it.
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Does partial removal of a kidney affect the patient with lifetime problems such s UTI'S?
A partial nephrectomy does have long-term consequences, most especially indeed for those with a history of recurrent urinary tract infections (u.t.i.): the problem arises because partial nephrectomy inevitably leads to damage to the anatomical area of the kidney known as the pelvis, which is the area into which the urine drains before passage down the ureter. Such damage and scar-tissue formation leads to distortion of the pelvis, with consequences for the flow of urine from the area, including stagnation. In the presence of infectious micro-organisms, such stagnation can cause UPPER urinary tract infections, with the increased risk of pyelo-nephrititis; or infectious involvement of the kidney tissue itself. This can become a chronic infection, or recurrent acute on chronic disease, and lead to a reduction in functioning renal tissue.
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Can being kicked in the kidneys cure kidney cancer?
Is this kidney cancer?
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What causes kidney cancer in adults?
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Nephrectomy is a procedure relating to which body system?
It's 100% that nephrectomy (excision of kidney) is a procedure relating to the URINARY BODY SYSTEM!! nephrectomy is a procedure relates to immune <-----------------that's a wrong answer from whoever answer that..Please people, try to make the internet as a reliable source to help people finds correct answers. If you dont know the answer, please dont shout it out! Thank you!
Common Methods of Treatment for Kidney Cancer?
Kidney cancer is a life-threatening disease that affects the kidneys. Symptoms typically appear in the more advanced stages and include blood in the urine, weight loss, fever, fatigue and persistent back pain below the ribs. The risk factors associated with this disease include being male, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and being older. The treatment method used for kidney cancer depends on the patient's health, how serious the disease is, the type of kidney cancer involved and whether the tumors have spread to other areas of the body. Surgical Procedures Most patients diagnosed with kidney cancer undergo surgery as their first method of treatment. In some cases, the entire kidney is removed. This procedure is known as radical nephrectomy. It also includes the removal of the lymph nodes and some of the healthy tissue surrounding the kidney. Surgeons can perform this procedure by making a large incision or by placing a video camera inside the patient and using small surgical tools. In partial nephrectomy, the tumor and some of the surrounding healthy tissue are removed. This procedure is often done on patients with small kidney cancer or those who do not have both of their kidneys. Non-surgical Procedures When surgery cannot be performed, doctors might try to freeze or heat the cancer cells to destroy them. Cryoablation involves inserting a needle into the kidney tumor and using gas to freeze the cells inside it. In radiofrequency ablation, electrical currents from a needle inserted in the tumor burn the cancer cells. Both of these options are usually considered when patients have small kidney tumors or are unable to undergo surgery. Advanced and Recurrent Cancer Treatments Treatments for serious cases of kidney cancer, especially those that have spread to other parts of the body, focus on easing the symptoms. Treatment methods include surgery, radiation therapy and drugs that target certain areas of the body or use the immune system to help destroy cancer cells. Patients can also discuss participating in clinical trials with their doctor. These trials are conducted to test new drug treatments and are not guaranteed to be effective.
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Support groups for kidney cancer?
We have an active online kidney cancer support group in the UK, you can find it at : www.kidneycancersupportnetwork.co.uk We are a group of kidney cancer patients and carers who understand what it means to receive a diagnosis of kidney cancer; we support and encourage each other via our online forum and by email and telephone. We an provide individual one to one support for anyone affected by kidney cancer.