Posted on Oct 02, 2007 | Comments 0
Check this out! If you are 40+ then you must read this.
As renal cancer develops most often in people over 40, it is very important for you to be aware of its complications.
And above all its warning symptoms to detect the disease at the very early stage for good prognosis.
Renal cancer or renal cell cancer is a type of kidney cancer.
The cancerous cells are found in the lining of very small tubes or tubules in the kidney. It is the most common type of kidney cancer in adults.
Renal cancer is one of the few tumors in which well-documented cases of spontaneous tumor regression in the absence of therapy exist, but this occurs very rarely and may not lead to long-term survival.
Surgical resection is the mainstay of treatment of this disease. Even in patients with disseminated tumor, locoregional forms of therapy may play an important role in palliating symptoms of the primary tumor or of ectopic hormone production.
However systemic therapy or treatment has demonstrated only limited effectiveness.
No, the exact cause of this disease is not known. Very little is known about the causes of renal cancer. Some of the probable risk factors for renal cancer include:
- Family history of the disease
- Dialysis treatment
Anyways research has shown that cigarette smoking increases the risk of developing renal cancer. This cancer has also been linked to particular materials used in some industries, including cadmium, asbestos and lead which is used in paints also.
Letís see how it starts. A pain in the back just below the ribs that doesn’t go away, loss of appetite, recurrent fevers or intermittent fever, weight loss, fatigue, pain in other parts of the body, a general feeling of poor health, high blood pressure or a lower than normal number of red cells in the blood or anemia, all these symptoms may also signal a renal cancer.
So if any of the above symptoms prevailing over a period of time causing discomfort and ill health, then there is an urgent need for you to check with your doctor. Usually, the doctor, a general physician, will examine you and arrange for any tests or x-rays that may be necessary.
Your doctor will probably ask for a sample of your urine to test, and may also take a blood sample to check how well your kidneys are working. Your doctor may need to refer you to hospital for some of these tests and for expert advice and treatment.
Painful! Living with a serious disease such as renal cancer is not easy. People with this disease may worry about caring for their families, keeping their jobs, or continuing daily activities. Concerns about treatments and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common.
Sounds so frightening! So many at a time, relax you have support groups, doctors, nurses, meeting a counselor may help to overcome this stress.
Patients need to eat well during cancer therapy. They need enough calories to maintain a good weight and protein to keep up strength.
Good nutrition often helps people with cancer feel better and have more energy. So maintain good healthy habits to avoid any complications.
Good News! Research is a never ending journey. Scientists are studying renal cancer to learn more about this disease. They are finding out more about its causes, and doctors also are exploring new ways to treat it.
This research keeps increasing our knowledge about renal cancer or renal cell cancer and a strong determination to FIGHT BACK!
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