Local and regional recurrences of localised kidney cancer after nephrectomy

In this study 15 years of data from a single hospital were assessed to look at the outcomes of people who had had surgery for localised renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Of the 1895 people who were assessed, 30 (1.6%) had a single local recurrence of their cancer without distant spread (metastases). In total, 26 of […]

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Potential role for routine brain imaging in advanced kidney cancer

A recent study published in Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network suggests that brain scans should be considered in most patients with metastatic kidney cancer. 1,689 people with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) had MRI brain scans for entry into clinical trials. Of these, 4% had brain metastases that did not show any symptoms. […]

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Active surveillance of metastatic kidney cancer

Active surveillance involves closely watching a patient’s condition but not giving any treatment unless there are changes in test results that show the condition is getting worse. This large real world study conducted at a number of academic and community hospitals describes outcomes for patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) who were undergoing active […]

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Potential biomarker to predict risk of recurrence after nephrectomy for locally advanced kidney cancer

Currently, the search for a reliable biomarker to identify those patients who are at risk of the cancer coming back after nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has not been successful. A recent study looked at a protein called kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1) in patients with RCC and whether this protein could be used to […]

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One Cancer Voice: Plotting a route out of the pandemic – an update

We at Kidney Cancer Support Network are part of the One Cancer Voice campaign to find a route of the pandemic for cancer patients and the ensure the UK’s cancer services eventually become world-leading. The campaign last Tuesday 16 March was published in various prestigious news outlets, both online and in press, and consisted of […]

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Kidney cancer screening pilot piggybacking on Leeds Lung Health Check

Following a chance finding during a lung health screen, a Leeds man discovered that he had kidney cancer. After being spotted early, the cancer was successfully removed. People taking part in a pioneering lung screening trial in Leeds will now also be checked for kidney cancer following additional funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research. This pilot […]

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The impact of sex and age on distribution of metastases in patients with kidney cancer

A recent study published in the International Journal of Clinical Oncology looked at the distribution of metastases in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) according to age and sex. 9,607 patients with metastatic RCC were identified from the National Inpatient Sample database (2008-2015) and analysed for site of metastases according to age and sex. […]

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What to expect: Enrolling on a cancer clinical trial during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of changes to patient care, particularly in hospitals with high numbers of COVID-19 cases. For some patients with cancer, the pandemic has resulted in changes to their treatment and/or the replacement of in-person hospital visits with virtual patient assessments. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to adaptations […]

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Obesity and kidney cancer

A large review of the data showed that cancer specific survival and prognosis were improved in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients who were overweight or obese compared with patients with a normal body mass index (BMI). Data from 50,717 RCC patients were reviewed in this study. This review showed that cancer specific survival, progression-free survival […]

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What is genetic testing for cancer?

This article gives a good summary of the use of genetic tests to indicate your risk of developing certain cancers, as well as the down sides of genetic testing. Genetic tests can determine whether you are at risk of developing cancer by finding mutations in a person’s genes. The risk of developing cancer increases if […]

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