Living with Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer forms in the tissues of the kidney. The most common type of kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma, which originates in the tiny tubes that help filter toxins out of the blood. However, a small percentage of kidney cancers are renal pelvis carcinomas, which form in the center of the kidney, where urine collects. Both types of kidney cancer are fairly treatable and have a five-year survival rate of approximately 65%.

Risk factors for developing kidney cancer include smoking, obesity, and work environment toxins, such as asbestos, certain herbicides and the metal cadmium. Family history is also a strong indicator, especially in those whose siblings developed kidney cancer. Symptoms of kidney cancer include bloody urine, abdominal lumps, pain in the sides, and unexplained weight loss. The stages of kidney cancer range from I to IV, depending on tumor size and how far it may have spread. Kidney cancer treatments include surgery, targeted therapy, biological therapy, or a combination of these.

For more information on kidney cancer, read the American Cancer Society's detailed guide.

If you have been affected by kidney cancer, please be sure to take some time to read others' experiences, share your own experiences, and ask or answer questions. 

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