The MediFocus Guidebook on Renal Cell Carcinoma is the most comprehensive, up-to-date source of information available. You will get answers to your questions, including risk factors of Renal Cell Carcinoma, standard and alternative treatment options, leading doctors, hospitals and medical centers that specialize in Renal Cell Carcinoma, results of the latest clinical trials, support groups and additional resources, and promising new treatments on the horizon. This one of a kind Guidebook offers answers to your critical health questions including the latest treatments, clinical trials, and expert research; high quality, professional level information you can trust and understand culled from the latest peer-reviewed journals; and a unique resource to find leading experts, institutions, and support organizations including contact information and hyperlinks. This Guidebook was updated on January 12, 2011.Several different types of cancer can affect the kidneys. Although it is not a very common cancer overall, Renal Cell Carcinoma is the most common kidney cancer, affecting approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. each year.The two bean-shaped kidneys located just above the waist on either side of the spine are part of the urinary system, which filters blood and produces urine. As blood flows through the kidneys, tiny renal tubules filter and clean it, removing waste and unneeded water. Renal Cell Carcinoma, also called Renal Adenocarcinoma or Hypernephroma, is the development of cancerous changes in the cells of the renal tubules.Renal Cell Carcinoma symptoms include blood in the urine, abnormal urine color, flank or back pain, a lump or mass in the kidney area, abdominal pain or swelling, weight loss, testicle enlargement, fatigue, fever and anemia. However, several less serious conditions can cause similar symptoms, including urinary tract infections (from simple cystitis to more complex infections, such as pyelonephritis), kidney stones or a cyst. These alternatives must be considered before establishing a diagnosis. Hence tests will include several laboratory and radiological studies.As Renal Cell Carcinoma grows, it may invade organs near the kidney such as the liver, colon, or pancreas. Kidney cancer cells may also spread (metastasize) to other areas such as the lymph nodes, brain, lungs or bone. Early detection - before metastasis - greatly improves a patient's results.Usually doctors use a combination of treatments, although surgery, including full or partial kidney removal, is the mainstay of Renal Cell Carcinoma treatment. Other treatments - depending on individual cases - include biological therapy to trigger the body's immune system, hormone therapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or arterial embolization, which blocks the blood supply to the tumor. Other treatments are under study including molecular markers and additional chemotherapy agents.Learn more by ordering your MediFocus Guidebook on Renal Cell Carcinoma, the most comprehensive, up-to-date source of information available. You will get answers to your questions, including: * What are the risk factors of Renal Cell Carcinoma? * What standard and alternative treatment options are available? * Where are the leading doctors, hospitals and medical centers that specialize in Renal Cell Carcinoma research and treatment? * What are the results of the latest clinical trials? * Where are the support groups and additional resources in my area? * What are the promising new treatments on the horizon?You won't find this combination of information anywhere else. Your health matters. Don't leave it to chance. Arm yourself with the most comprehensive, up-to-date research available by ordering your MediFocus Guidebook today.
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