This is an introductory video for kidney cancer. It covers the basics from symptoms to diagnosis to treatment. I hope that you find it helpful.
Kidney Cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma, is a type of cancer that originates in the cells of the filter tissue of the kidneys.
Kidney cancer occurs when the cells within the kidneys undergo uncontrolled growth and form a tumor. There are several different subtypes of kidney cancer, but the most common one is clear cell renal cell carcinoma.
Most often a small tumor is detected when a patient has a CAT scan or ultrasound for reasons other than kidney concerns. In cases where patients has urinary complaints symptoms of kidney cancer can include:
1. Blood in the urine (hematuria)
2. Persistent pain in the lower back or side
3. A mass or lump in the abdomen
4. Unexplained weight loss
6. Loss of appetite
7. Anemia (low red blood cell count)
The exact cause of kidney cancer is often unclear, but certain risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing this condition. These risk factors include smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, certain genetic conditions (such as von Hippel-Lindau disease), and exposure to certain chemicals and substances.
Diagnosis typically involves imaging tests such as CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds to visualize the tumor and assess its characteristics.
Treatment options for kidney cancer depend on factors such as the stage of the disease, the size and location of the tumor, and the patient's overall health. Treatment approaches may include surgery to remove the tumor (partial or complete nephrectomy), targeted therapy such as cryotherapy and in some cases, chemotherapy.
Removal of part of the kidney for treatment of kidney cancer.
Removal of the entire kidney, surrounding fatty tissue and possibly adrenal gland and lymph nodes for treatment of kidney cancer.
Radical and partial procedures can be done using an open incision.
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