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Can a childhood kidney tumor cause no symptoms?

Can a childhood kidney tumor cause no symptoms?

Sometimes childhood kidney tumors do not cause signs and symptoms and the parent finds a mass in the abdomen by chance or the mass is found during a well-child health check up. These and other signs and symptoms may be caused by kidney tumors or by other conditions.

How is the Fuhrman grade for kidney cancer determined?

The Fuhrman grade is found by looking at kidney cancer cells (taken during a biopsy or during surgery) in a lab. Many doctors use it to describe how quickly the cancer is likely to grow and spread. The grade is based on how closely the cancer cells look like those of normal kidney cells.

How is tumor size used to diagnose kidney cancer?

Tumor size helps in assessing risk for cancer developing. Kidney cancer is staged using the tumor node metastases (TNM) system. The “T” in the TNM system tells us the size of the main (primary) tumor and whether it has grown into nearby areas. T4: Tumor reaches beyond Gerota’s fascia (including the adrenal gland).

How to treat Wilms tumor and other childhood kidney tumors?

Having certain conditions may increase the risk of renal cell cancer. Treatment for Wilms tumor and other childhood kidney tumors may include genetic counseling. Signs of Wilms tumor and other childhood kidney tumors include a lump in the abdomen and blood in the urine.

Can a tumor on a kidney be felt?

These cancers can sometimes grow quite large without causing any pain or other problems. Because the kidneys are deep inside the body, small kidney tumors cannot be seen or felt during a physical exam.

Tumor size helps in assessing risk for cancer developing. Kidney cancer is staged using the tumor node metastases (TNM) system. The “T” in the TNM system tells us the size of the main (primary) tumor and whether it has grown into nearby areas. T4: Tumor reaches beyond Gerota’s fascia (including the adrenal gland).

When to tell your doctor about kidney cancer?

It is important to tell your doctor if any of your family members (blood relatives) has or had kidney cancer, especially at a younger age, or if they have been diagnosed with an inherited condition linked to this cancer, such as von Hippel-Lindau disease.

Can a kidney cancer be found by accident?

Often, kidney cancers are found by accident during imaging tests for some other illness or symptom. These cancers usually are not causing pain or other symptoms when they are found. The survival rate for these kidney cancers is very high because they are usually found at a very early stage.