Renal Cell Cancer
Kush Sachdeva, MD
Brendan Curti, MD
Winston W Tan, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP
Renal Cell Cancer Overview
The kidneys are a pair of organs located just above the waist on either side of the backbone. Their job is to filter excess water and waste products from the blood. The water and waste drain from each kidney through a tube called a ureter to the bladder and are eliminated from the body as urine. The kidneys also produce substances that help control blood pressure and formation of red blood cells.
Several different types of cancer can develop in the kidney. Conventional or clear cell renal cell cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma, is by far the most common type of kidney cancer in adults. Renes is the Latin word for kidney. Renal cell carcinoma accounts for about 85% of cancers arising from the kidney. Renal cell carcinoma develops in the tubules of the kidney, part of the filtering system.
Cancer occurs when normal cells undergo a transformation. During this transformation, the cells grow and multiply without normal controls.
Each year, about 32,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma. Of these diagnoses, most occur in people aged 50-70 years, but the disease can occur at any age. About twice as many men as women develop this cancer, and it occurs in all races and ethnic groups.
Like almost all cancers, renal cell cancer is most likely to be successfully treated when it is found early.
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