How do I know if kidney cancer has spread?
Symptoms of metastatic renal cell carcinoma
- blood in the urine.
- pain on one side of the lower back.
- lump in the back or side.
- weight loss.
- swelling of the ankles.
- night sweats.
Can kidney cancer start somewhere else?
Cancer can start any place in the body. Kidney cancer starts in the kidney and is also called renal cell carcinoma or RCC for short. It starts when cells in the kidney grow out of control and crowd out normal cells.
What is the most aggressive kidney cancer?
Collecting duct carcinoma and renal medullary carcinoma are aggressive types of kidney cancer, which doctors find challenging to treat. People with these types of cancer may have a poorer prognosis than people with other types.
What is considered a large kidney mass?
Every year in the U.S., more than 67,000 new cases of renal cancer are diagnosed, the majority of which are small masses (under 4 cm). However, large renal masses ≥4 cm still account for a significant number of cases.
How long do you have to live if you have kidney cancer?
In the case of kidney cancer, around 72% of those diagnosed live for at least one year after diagnosis, about 56% live for at least 5 years and about 50% live for 10 years or more.
What happens if kidney cancer spreads?
In some people in whom the kidney cancer has spread, the cancer might be growing so slowly that the right first option is to watch carefully. This is especially the case when the cancer has been discovered by accident. If the cancer starts to grow quickly or cause symptoms then active treatments will be recommended.
What is kidney cancer pain like?
The type of back pain that signals kidney cancer can vary. It can feel like pressure, a dull ache or a sharp pain. See a doctor if you have any kind of sudden, persistent pain lasting more than a few days.