Psychosocial effects of kidney cancer

As with most cancers, the psychosocial effects of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are profound. Around 20% of patients experience depression and 30% experience anxiety due to various reasons, such as treatment side effects, disease-related changes, finances and coping strategies. Not only are these symptoms distressing, they can also affect survival. This was described using two […]

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Psychological distress in patients undergoing active surveillance for small renal masses

Around half of all cases of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are incidentally diagnosed on imaging as small renal masses, clinical stage T1a and smaller than 4 cm. Around 30% of small renal masses are found to be benign. The management of small renal masses is under debate, including whether a biopsy should be performed for […]

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Association of anxiety and depression with outcomes for kidney cancer patients undergoing nephrectomy

A recent retrospective study of 1990 adults who had a radical or partial nephrectomy for clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) looked at the association between anxiety or depression and survival. Patients with anxiety or depression prior to or at the time of surgery (197 patents, 10%) had significantly more complications 30 days after surgery. […]

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High levels of distress among people with kidney cancer

A recent study published in BJU International┬áreports high levels of distress among people with the most common form of kidney cancer, renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Four hundred and fifty (450) people were surveyed online from April to June 2017. Most patients where white (93 %) and more than half were women (56 %). The mean […]

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