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Kidney Cancer

 

Cloudy or  reddish urine.
A lump or mass in the lower back, which feels firm and smooth but does not necessarily hurt.
Intermittent vomiting, appetite and weight loss and fever.
A dull pain in the abdomen, back or side.

The kidneys are a pair of organs, they are positioned on either side of the spine, just above the waist. The outer portion of each kidney cleanses the blood and produces urine. Benign cysts often develop in this area, malignant tumor sometimes also develop here, but they are not very common. The most common kind of adult kidney cancer is Renal cell carcinoma, it begins in the kidneys outer portion. Transitional cell carcinoma develops in the interior of the kidney, this is where urine collects. Cancer cells will eventually spread to other organs, if treatment is not undertaken.

Causes

 

Kidney cancer is strongly linked with a variety of other health problems, such as

Frequent urinary tract infections
von Hippel-Lindau disease
Congenital defects of the bladder or kidney
Kidney disease which requires long-term dialysis
Smoking
Exposure to certain industrial agents
Obesity
Diets which are high in protein and fat

Your doctor will check for kidney cancer if he detects a lump or mass in the abdominal or kidney region, or when using a stethoscope, he hears an unusual noise over the renal artery.

Prevention

 

Always throw out foods that become rancid or mouldy, including rice, seeds or nuts. Stop smoking immediately. Try maintain your ideal weight and limit your intake of high-fat foods and red meat.

When to seek further professional advice

As soon as you experience any symptoms of kidney cancer.

Traditional Treatments

Kidney tumors can be removed surgically, if they are caught early. The surgeon will try to only remove the cancerous area but the entire kidney along with the surrounding fat, lymph nodes and possibly the adrenal glands may have to be taken out if the cancer has spread. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy can reduce the tumor size but the treatments are not consistently effective in preventing the spread of kidney cancer and are not particularly successful in treating advanced kidney cancer either. Every day new therapies are being tested, in the hope of improving cure rates for this and other cancers. As soon as patients reach remission stage, they are checked regularly for complications or recurrence.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-23