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What is Kidney Cancer?

Cancers of the kidney may be of various types. Nearly 90-95% of kidney cancers are of the renal cell carcinoma variant. The disease mostly affects elderly people; however, young people may also be affected due to hereditary factors. Kidney cancer in children is extremely rare. The condition lacks specific signs and symptoms in the early stages, making it difficult to diagnose and treat.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

The disease remains inconspicuous unless it reaches an advanced stage. Most patients are thus asymptomatic. The presence of the triad of these symptoms is a warning sign:

  1. Passing blood in urine
  2. Pain in the lower back on either/both sides or radiating to the abdomen (Read more: Back pain causes)
  3. Presence of a palpable mass in abdomen

Other symptoms include weight loss, which is sudden and unintended; loss of appetite; lethargy; and fever. Often, there are no symptoms, and the disease is diagnosed during an imaging test done for some other purpose.

What are its main causes?

Kidney cancer cannot be attributed to a single cause. Several factors increase the likelihood of developing renal cancer. These include

  1. Smoking, which doubles the risk
  2. Obesity with a body mass index (BMI) over 30
  3. Hypertension
  4. Exposure to aromatic chemicals such as benzene
  5. Long-term dialysis
  6. Receiving kidney transplantation

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Kidney cancer presents with very few symptoms, but renal cell carcinoma is known for being associated with a number of paraneoplastic syndromes, including high calcium levels and increased red blood cell count. Mostly, tests begin with a clinical history and examination. Upon a suspicion of any possible kidney disease, a battery of blood and urine tests will be done. If cancer is suspected or a mass is detected in the abdomen, imaging studies, such as MRI and CT scans, might be required. Also, an ultrasound, PET scan, and X-ray of the chest and bone might be done to understand the extent of metastasis.

Treatment varies based on the stage of kidney cancer. Treatment mostly consists of surgery wherein a part or the entire kidney may be removed depending upon the size of the tumour. It may be combined with chemotherapy.

  1. Medicines for Kidney Cancer
  2. Doctors for Kidney Cancer
Dr. Arabinda Roy

Dr. Arabinda Roy


Dr. C. Arun Hensley

Dr. C. Arun Hensley


Dr. Sanket Shah

Dr. Sanket Shah


Medicines for Kidney Cancer

Medicines listed below are available for Kidney Cancer. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
VotrientVotrient 200 Mg Tablet7250.0
AdvacanAdvacan 0.25 Mg Tablet571.42
AfinitorAfinitor 10 Mg Tablet85923.8
BoletraazBoletraaz 10 Mg Tablet20000.0
CerticanCertican 0.25 Mg Tablet920.0
EvelimusEvelimus 10 Mg Tablet29400.0
EvergrafEvergraf 0.25 Mg Tablet628.57
EvermilEvermil 10 Mg Tablet30136.2
EvertorEvertor 10 Mg Tablet29666.7
VolantisVolantis 10 Mg Tablet19066.66
NexavarNexavar 200 Mg Tablet233692.0
SorafenatSorafenat 200 Mg Tablet8800.0
SoranibSoranib 200 Mg Tablet1710.0
ActinocinActinocin 0.5 Mg Injection412.5
CosmegenCosmegen 500 Mcg Injection90.58
DacilonDacilon 0.5 Mg Injection445.0
SutentSutent 12.5 Mg Capsule16071.4
Avastin (Psycormedies)Avastin Injection37373.8
Avastin (Roche)Avastin 100 Mg Injection29423.0
ToriselTorisel 25 Mg Injection70971.4
InlytaInlyta 5 Mg Tablet79499.0

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