Renal Cell Carcinoma

Partial Nephrectomy Superior Despite Kidney Tumor Size

Partial Nephrectomy Superior Despite Kidney Tumor Size

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Renal function is preserved better compared with radical nephrectomy even when tumors are larger than the traditional 4 cm cutoff.

Renal Tumor Risk Higher in Lithium-Treated Patients

Renal Tumor Risk Higher in Lithium-Treated Patients

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Renal tumors occur at a frequency 7.5 times greater in lithium-treated patients than in the general population, French study shows.

Nephron Sparing Surgery Okay for Tumors in Transplanted Kidneys

Nephron Sparing Surgery Okay for Tumors in Transplanted Kidneys

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At last follow-up, 41 of 43 patients who underwent partial nephrectomy did not require dialysis.

High Cholesterol Predicts Better RCC Outcomes

High Cholesterol Predicts Better RCC Outcomes

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Patients with levels of 161.5 mg/dL or greater had a 43% decreased risk of death from renal cell carcinoma than those with lower levels.

Pre-Existing HTN Predicts Better Survival in Sunitinib Recipients

Pre-Existing HTN Predicts Better Survival in Sunitinib Recipients

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The finding emerged from a French study of 213 patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

Autologous Immunotherapy for mRCC Shows Promise

Autologous Immunotherapy for mRCC Shows Promise

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Added to sunitinib, it prolongs progression-free and overall survival in patients with unfavorable-risk metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

Shorter RCC Recurrence Time Ups Risk of Cancer-Specific Death

Shorter RCC Recurrence Time Ups Risk of Cancer-Specific Death

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The risk of cancer-specific death at 1 year was 48% and 23% for patients whose disease recurred at 3 months and 3 years, respectively.

Renal Mass Biopsy Underused in U.S.

Renal Mass Biopsy Underused in U.S.

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The proportion of patients undergoing the procedure has stayed at 6%-7% annually.

Study Identifies RCC Predictors

Study Identifies RCC Predictors

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Larger tumor size, male sex, and higher nephrometry score indicate a greater likelihood that a renal mass is malignant, researchers report.

Scoring System May ID Best Candidates for SRM Active Surveillance

Scoring System May ID Best Candidates for SRM Active Surveillance

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The DISSRM score may be an easy-to-calculate surrogate for competing risk mortality.

Predictors of Post-Nephrectomy Readmission ID'd

Predictors of Post-Nephrectomy Readmission ID'd

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Open procedures, preoperative dialysis, and higher ASA score were significant predictors of readmission after radical nephrectomy.

Lower SES Predicts More Advanced Renal Cancer at Diagnosis

Lower SES Predicts More Advanced Renal Cancer at Diagnosis

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Patients of lower socioeconomic status present with larger tumors, higher T stage, positive lymph nodes.

Statins May Improve RCC Surgery Outcomes

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Statin use decreases the risk of disease progression after surgery for localized RCC.

Statins Reduce Kidney Cancer Progression

Statins Reduce Kidney Cancer Progression

Reduced risk of progression of localized renal cell carcinoma observed in patients on statins.

Cryoablation Offers Long-Term RCC Control

Cryoablation Offers Long-Term RCC Control

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The 5-year disease-free and cancer-specific survival rates were 94.7% and 100%, respectively.

Radiofrequency Ablation May Be a Valid Approach for RCC

Radiofrequency Ablation May Be a Valid Approach for RCC

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Study shows it can provide durable oncologic control with a low risk of tumor recurrence.

Renal Tumor Ablation Via the Liver Is Safe, Effective

Renal Tumor Ablation Via the Liver Is Safe, Effective

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In a small study, researchers show that ultrasound-guided transhepatic radiofrequency ablation is technically feasible.

CDC: Cancer Prevention Services Below Target Goals

CDC: Cancer Prevention Services Below Target Goals

Increasing health insurance coverage and access to usual source of care necessary to meet targets.

Personalized Medicine in 2014

Personalized Medicine in 2014

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The term "personalized medicine" remains an overused promise to apply specific treatment plans.

Perioperative Blood Transfusions Hike RCC Patient Mortality

Perioperative Blood Transfusions Hike RCC Patient Mortality

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Researchers find a 23% increased risk of death among patients who received a transfusion during surgery or post-operative hospitalization.

Kidney Cancer Rarely Recurs After MIPN

Kidney Cancer Rarely Recurs After MIPN

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The estimated recurrence rate at 10 years was 88.3%, data show.

Expressive Writing Benefits Kidney Cancer Patients

Expressive Writing Benefits Kidney Cancer Patients

Benefits in cancer-linked symptoms mediated by lower Impact of Event Scale one month after intervention.

Diabetes Ups Kidney Cancer Patient Death Risk

Diabetes Ups Kidney Cancer Patient Death Risk

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Diabetes also found to increase cancer-specific mortality in patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma.

Kidney Cancer Survival Improved by BP Drugs

Kidney Cancer Survival Improved by BP Drugs

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ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers were shown to prolong median overall survival by nine months.

Kidney Cancer Cryoablation Highly Effective, Safe

Kidney Cancer Cryoablation Highly Effective, Safe

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The five-year cancer-specific and overall survival rates were 100% and 97.8%, respectively.

Kidney Cancer Patients Should Stop Smoking When Starting Sunitinib

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Active smoking shortens progression-free and overall survival, study finds.

Kidney Cancer Prognosis Linked to Blood Type

Kidney Cancer Prognosis Linked to Blood Type

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Patients with blood group O have a lower risk of lymph node metastases but a higher risk of bilateral disease.

New Ablative Techniques in Urologic Oncology

Innovative approaches offer the potential for effective treatments to limited target 
areas with improved side effect profiles.

Papillary Renal Cell Cancer Linked to Renal Cysts

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Patients with this malignancy had a 73% prevalence of simple renal cysts.

Early RCC Recurrence Predicts Worse Cancer-Specific Survival

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Recurrence that occurs more than 48 months after surgery is no longer significantly associated with reduced survival from renal cell carcinoma.

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