Role of circulating tumour cells in kidney cancer

Circulating tumour cells in the blood of cancer patients are markers for a poor outcome (prognosis) in people with breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer. However, little data is available for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). This multicentre observational study looked at the link between the number of circulating tumour cells and survival in people with […]

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Immune cell helps prevent kidney cancer recurrence

Recurrence occurs when cancer comes back after surgery, or after a period of time being cancer-free. For people with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most common type of kidney cancer, the recurrent cancer can spread and develop into metastatic disease, despite treatment. A new study from researchers at Columbia University in the USA […]

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Cells from the centre of tumours are most likely to spread around the body

Research published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution led by scientists from the Francis Crick Institute, Royal Marsden, University College London and Cruces University Hospital has found that cells from different parts of kidney tumours behave differently. The researchers have discovered that cells from the centre of a kidney cancer tumour are the most […]

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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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