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Kidney Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention

09/19/2018

This article discusses the risk factors that can cause kidney cancer and what people can do to lower their chances of developing the condition.

NLR Predicts Survival After Cytoreductive Nephrectomy+Thrombectomy

09/19/2018

Preoperative neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) may predict survival following cytoreductive nephrectomy plus thrombectomy for renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a new study suggest.

10 Healthy Reasons to Eat a Banana Every Day

09/18/2018

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.

Combinations Poised to Carry Clinical Benefit in RCC

09/18/2018

In this Q&A article, Bradley McGregor, M.D., explains how combination therapy will have a global impact on patients.

Dawnia survives kidney cancer after receiving a nephrectomy on her right kidney

09/11/2018

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.

For new cancer treatments, less is more

09/11/2018

People with advanced kidney cancer can skip surgery to have their kidneys removed and instead go right to drug treatment, a recent study showed.

A healthy, organic diet lowers your risk of cancer by a whopping 65%

09/10/2018

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.

A Genetic Cause for Kidney Cancer

09/04/2018

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.

Imaging for Screening and Surveillance of Patients with Hereditary Forms of Renal Cell Carcinoma

08/29/2018

According to the University of Texas, 5-8% of RCC cases are hereditary.

Young Investigator Award winner Dr. Liam Macleod discusses his research on regionalization

08/28/2018

Since 2006, the Kidney Cancer Association has supported an annual Young Investigator Award (YIA) through the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The YIA supported by Kidney Cancer Association provides funding to promising doctors to pursue careers in kidney cancer research. This year, the Kidney Cancer Association supported two awards – a YIA and an ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Award – through the Conquer Cancer Foundation. The 2018 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Kidney Cancer Association YIA recipient, Liam C. Macleod, M.D., M.P.H., is currently completing his second year of fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh and received $50,000 from the Kidney Cancer Association for his research on regionalization and how it affects patients.

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