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Being overweight or obese as an adult increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer including breast, bowel and kidney cancer, but only around one in seven people in the UK are aware of the link.
Susan from Alberta, Canada, was diagnosed with stage 1 kidney cancer at age 25. After receiving a radical right nephrectomy, she has remained cancer-free for 12 years. Below, Susan shares her best advice for those going through a similar situation: 1.) Ask questions and record everything so you can remember what the doctor says. It will also serve as a journal for you down the road. 2.) Be kind to yourself. There will be bad days, hard days, but there will be many good days as well so enjoy those when they come. 3.) Let your close loved ones know when you are having a bad day, don’t keep your feelings to yourself. In my situation, I had to be the “strong” one for my mom and sister but at night, in secret, I fell apart and that was an unnecessary burden on me. I didn’t know how strong I was until being strong was the only choice I had. If you'd like to share your story with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article discusses the risk factors that can cause kidney cancer and what people can do to lower their chances of developing the condition.
Preoperative neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) may predict survival following cytoreductive nephrectomy plus thrombectomy for renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a new study suggest.
Researchers found that people who ate lots of fruits and vegetables - more than 75 servings per month, or roughly three servings total per day - had the lowest risk of developing renal cell carcinoma. When researchers looked at fruit specifically, bananas seemed to be the most beneficial due to their high concentration of antioxidants.
In this Q&A article, Bradley McGregor, M.D., explains how combination therapy will have a global impact on patients.
Five years ago, Dawnia, who lives in Texas, was diagnosed with stage II kidney cancer at age 50. During a routine visit at her gynecologist’s office, the nurse practitioner was alarmed when she learned that Dawnia’s mother was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer. The nurse urged her to get an ultrasound which showed a 9×9 tumor. Dawnia credits her nurse practitioner’s suggestion of getting an ultrasound with saving her life. She has remained cancer-free following her nephrectomy. No chemotherapy or radiation was required. Dawnia had chest x-rays and abdominal CT scans every three to six months for two years as follow-up. If kidney cancer runs in your family, it is important to discuss it with your doctor so you can receive proper treatment.
People with advanced kidney cancer can skip surgery to have their kidneys removed and instead go right to drug treatment, a recent study showed.
According to a recent study by the University of Florida, a healthy organic diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and dairy can help lower your cancer risk by 65 percent. The study also states that avoiding tobacco can help lower your risk of developing kidney cancer.
UNC scientists have discovered some really interesting information about how RCCC develops, providing new pathways for targeted therapies. Targeted therapies are those that work by zeroing in on a specific pathway in the cancer’s development. In this case, Qing Zhang, PhD, and his team of fellow scientists saw that in 90% of RCCC, an important tumor suppressor gene called VHL was either missing or malfunctioning. When this happens, a protein called ZHX2 accumulates in high quantities in the renal cells. The VHL gene loss is responsible in not only in the origination of the tumor(s), but also plays a key role in their development and metastasis, as the ZHX2 protein promotes blood vessel growth.
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