Kidney Cancer News

Kidney cancer, the most common of which is renal cell carcinoma, originates in the kidneys, which are a critical part of the body’s "waste management" system. They gather water and waste from blood and produce urine that removes the waste from the body. Kidney cancer makes up about 2 percent of all cancers in the United States.

Causes and Symptoms

A variety of factors can increase the chances of developing kidney cancer. Some, like family history or a disease called Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) syndrome, cannot be controlled, but a number of things that increase risk can be managed. For example, having high blood pressure, smoking and obesity all make the development of kidney cancer more likely.

Common symptoms that might be a warning for kidney cancer include a lump in the abdomen, abdominal pain and blood in the urine. Fatigue, fever and unexplained weight loss are other symptoms that can result from having kidney cancer. Of course, these symptoms can also be related to other disorders as well, so it’s important to see a doctor for screening and diagnosis.

Treatment of Kidney Cancer

The three most common treatments for kidney cancer are surgery, targeted therapy and biological therapy. When surgery is required, the procedure may involve removal of an entire kidney, or just part of the kidney, depending on how much the cancer has grown and spread. The surrounding lymph nodes may also need to be removed as part of the procedure.

Targeted therapy is used when the cancer has spread beyond the kidneys. This medication, which is injected into the bloodstream, can halt the growth and spread of cancer cells. Biological therapy is also an injected medication, but it has a slightly different purpose. This treatment is meant to boost the immune system and make it more efficient at fighting the growth of cancer cells.

SOURCES: U.S. National Cancer Institute; Kidney Cancer Association, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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9/14/2017
FDA OKs First 'Biosimilar' Drug to Fight Cancer

New biologic could help drive down the cost of care, agency says

8/17/2017
High-Cal Foods May Raise Cancer Risk in Women, Even Without Weight Gain

Plant-based diet could help avoid malignancies, study suggests

6/15/2017
'Couch Potatoes' May Face Higher Risk of Kidney, Bladder Cancers

Researchers say get moving, and point to national exercise guidelines

6/6/2017
Can Drug Company Perks Sway Cancer Docs' Prescriptions?

Even relatively small payments seemed to make a difference, researchers report

5/25/2017
Kidneys From Deceased Diabetics Might Ease Organ Shortage: Study

More than 100,000 people are on the U.S. kidney transplant wait-list

11/30/2016
Kidney Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Early Trial

93 percent had tumor growth controlled for median of more than 8 months, researchers report

9/7/2016
Do Overweight People Fare Better Than Others With Kidney Cancer?

Study suggests they do, giving insights into potential new treatments

8/4/2016
Some Advanced Kidney Cancer Patients May Postpone Treatment

In cases of slow-growing disease, toxic drugs can sometimes be avoided for many months, study finds

3/29/2016
Medicare Spends Billions on Chronic Kidney Disease, Study Finds

Researchers consider ways to manage patients' care effectively and rein in the cost

3/10/2016
Certain Biopsy Method Tied to Better Outcomes After Kidney Cancer

Image-guided testing of tissue from the kidney mass may lead to improved treatments, researchers say

3/1/2016
Is Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Raised Risk of Certain Cancers?

Study suggests, but doesn't prove, that odds increase for some types of tumors, but drop for others

1/6/2016
Targeted Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Kidney Cancer

Nearly doubles progression-free survival to 7.4 months, but side effects reported, study shows

11/24/2015
Opdivo Approved for Advanced Kidney Cancer

More than 14,000 projected to die from disease this year

11/11/2015
Childhood Cancer Tied to Raised Risk for Other Ills in Adult Life

Study found upped odds for diabetes, autoimmune disorders decades later

11/9/2015
Barbecued, Pan-Fried Meat May Boost Kidney Cancer Risk

High-heat cooking methods implicated in new study

9/28/2015
New Immune-Focused Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Kidney Cancer

Opdivo appears to outperform older med, Afinitor, in new clinical trial

7/13/2015
Young Adult Cancer Survivors More Likely to Be Hospitalized

Study finds rate is twice as high for some cancers

6/15/2015
Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

Eighty percent of lung cancer deaths linked to smoking, researchers say

3/30/2015
Report Shows Progress in America's War on Cancer

Small, but steady declines in deaths seen over past decade

3/20/2015
Urine Test Shows Promise for Early Diagnosis of Kidney Cancer

Simple screen used levels of two proteins to spot the disease with 95 percent accuracy, study found

9/30/2014
Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors

Finding is yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight, experts say

9/8/2014
Kidney and Thyroid Cancer Rates Up Among U.S. Children, Study Finds

But these pediatric cancers remain rare and the increases are very small, experts say

6/12/2014
Low Cholesterol Levels May Spell Trouble for Kidney Cancer Patients

Study found it was associated with spread of disease, raised death risk

5/22/2014
Type of Kidney Disease May Dictate Cancer Risk

Study of transplant recipients finds prospects best with polycystic kidney disease

11/6/2013
IVF Conception Doesn't Seem to Raise Kids' Cancer Risk: Study

British researchers followed more than 100,000 children for 17 years

10/9/2013
Cancer Drug Nexavar Tied to Pancreas Damage in 2 Patients

Pancreas shrank by up to one-third in case studies following long-term use

8/22/2013
Kidney Cancer Drugs Equal in Prolonging Survival: Study

But pazopanib gives patients a better quality of life than sunitinib, researchers report

8/1/2013
Rare Eye Disease Leaves People Without an Iris

Aniridia, a genetic disorder, can cause blindness as well as metabolic illnesses, experts say

5/16/2013
New Drug May Help Immune System Fight Cancer

Early study found tumor reduction in several forms of the disease

5/7/2013
Cholesterol Drugs Might Boost Kidney Cancer Survival

Study finds statin medications tied to lower death risk after nearly 4 years of follow-up

2/7/2013
Cancer Drug Doesn't Speed Up Tumor Growth, Researchers Say

Finding refutes earlier research in animals, could reassure patients taking Sutent

11/12/2012
Black Patients With Kidney Cancer Fare Worse Than Whites: Study

Possible reasons for disparity include fewer blacks undergoing surgery

8/7/2012
Grapefruit Juice May Give Boost to Cancer Treatment: Study

Combination could reduce drug doses for patients, study suggests

6/4/2012
Long-Term Side Effects Key When Cancer Patients Choose Drugs

In 5-month study of people with kidney cancer, one medicine was strongly preferred

6/4/2012
Novel Drugs Show Early Promise Against Several Cancers

Immune system therapies tested on advanced melanoma, kidney or lung tumors; side effects seen

4/27/2012
Votrient Approved to Treat Cancer That Begins in Soft Tissue

Drug inhibits process that fuels tumor growth

4/17/2012
Kidney Cancer Patients Fare Better With Tumor Removal Only

Survival rates were higher than for those whose kidney was taken out, researchers say

4/4/2012
More Fake Avastin Found in U.S., FDA Says

Medical practices told to stop using the counterfeit cancer drug distributed under the name Altuzan

4/2/2012
Immune-Based Drug Combo Might Extend Cancer Survival

Preliminary study found that IL-2 plus retinoic acid helped patients with advanced disease

3/7/2012
Is Cancer Outwitting 'Personalized Medicine'?

Discovery of many genetic mutations within one cell may dash hopes for targeted treatments

2/6/2012
Certain Cancer Drugs May Have Fatal Side Effects: Analysis

Risk is very small, but doctors, patients should be made aware, investigators say

1/27/2012
Drug Approved for Advanced Kidney Cancer

Inlyta is for people who don't respond to another drug

1/4/2012
Novel Hepatitis C Vaccine Shows Some Early Promise

But any clinically valuable treatment is years away, researchers say

11/1/2011
Cancer Risk Doubles After Organ Transplant, Study Finds

But benefits still far outweigh the risk, say experts

9/12/2011
NSAID Painkillers Linked to Risk of Kidney Cancer

However, risk of getting rare cancer is still small, experts say

7/21/2011
Study Contends Taller People at Heightened Cancer Risk

Backs up prior research suggesting a link between stature and malignancies

6/29/2011
FDA Panel Rejects Avastin for Breast Cancer

In a unanimous vote, advisors say drug not effective and has dangerous side effects

6/28/2011
Certain Cancer Drugs Don't Interfere With Flu Vaccine: Study

The drugs, sunitinib and sorafenib, are used for several types of cancers, including kidney

6/28/2011
FDA to Hear Appeal on Breast Cancer Drug

Agency recommended last year against Avastin for disease that has spread to other body parts

5/16/2011
Agent Orange Linked to Kidney Cancer: Study

Vietnam veterans exposed to 'extremely toxic' herbicide may be at risk