The Facts on Renal Cell Carcinoma

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The Facts on Renal
Cell Carcinoma

Carla Henthorn
Craig Carroll

Did you know that the renal cell cancer (RCC) represents 2% of all cancers and about 5% of all epithelial carcinomas (Haase, 2012)? Renal cell carcinoma is a rare but treatable cancer, and collecting duct carcinoma is the rarest of kidney cancers. Renal cell carcinoma and collecting duct carcinoma come in many forms, and can grow to large masses undetected for years without signs or symptoms. By knowing your family history you can assess your risk factors, and possibly prevent getting this disease. Keeping up to date with your yearly exams and tests can prevent or at least catch it early enough to treat and or cure it. In the event you or a loved one does end up with renal cancer, joining a support group such as a greif support, would be beneficial in helping to deal with all the aspects of dealing with having cancer.

Renal cell carcinoma is the most common primary malignant (cancerous) renal tumor affecting approximately 170,000 patient per year worldwide (Haase, 2012). With the death toll of about half of that per year. Although renal cell carcinoma is treatable, it can and has gone undetected by signs or symptoms for years. It is not until the patient notices a lump on their side that is uncomfortable when bending over that they suspect something is abnormal. Often the lump is not painful, it is just bothersome. This is how it can fully metastasize (spead to other organs or tissues) before the patient reports any signs. Other signs and symptoms of renal cell and collecting duct carcinoma are; hematuria (blood in urine), pain in the flank (lower black just below rib cage), intermitten fevers or night sweats, fatigue and lethargy, fever that is not associated with a cold or the flu, pain in other parts of the body if the cancer has matastasized (spread) (Landman, 2006). Although…...

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