Problem

Kidney cancer

Other Names:
Malignant neoplasm of the kidney
Hypernephroma
Wilms' tumour
Nature:
Adult kidney cancer has no known cause and may be discovered incidentally through examinations for other conditions. It is often widespread when initially found. Recent scientific understanding points to a genetic cause, more so than other cancers.
Background:
Adult kidney cancer is detected in one of three ways: Patients have blood in the urine, with or without a mass and /or pain in their flank; an abnormality is seen on an abdominal CAT scan or renal ultrasound; or the patient has signs of metastases, and a search for a primary source leads to the diagnosis of renal cancer.
Incidence:
Childhood kidney cancer, know as Wilm's tumour, occurs primarily in children younger than seven. At least 30 percent of Wilm's tumour cases are caused by inherited factors.
Related Problems:
Cancer of the suprarenal gland
Aggravates:
Blood in urine
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
01.05.2000 – 00:00 CEST
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