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Can small kidney tumor spread?

Can small kidney tumor spread?

Even if a small kidney tumor is cancerous, it is unlikely to rapidly grow or spread to other parts of the body. The risk of spreading is mostly based on size. If cancer is discovered and treated in a small kidney tumor, it is has little chance of spreading.

How are kidney tumors detected in a CT scan?

Increasingly we are detecting these “small” kidney tumors due to the increased use of ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI. Typically these are detected incidentally – in other words the patient has a scan for an unrelated problem and a tumor in the kidney is found. Not all growths on the kidney are cancer!

Is it possible to have a small tumor in your kidney?

The very small mass in your kidney which is apparently different in appearance than what appear to be cysts on the other kidney is rightly a concern. First, your doctors are wise to send you on to the urologic cancer surgeon, as too many patients don’t get the proper follow up that you did.

What does it mean when a kidney tumor is localized?

Localized means that the tumor has not spread out from where it first started. Around 40% of kidney cancers are localized renal masses. Masses may be solid or cystic (having fluid). Most cystic masses are benign. What do we Know about Kidney Cancers?

Is it possible to diagnose kidney cancer that is benign?

Large oncocytomas, which are benign, are sometime impossible to distinguish from kidney cancer and thus there is still hope that a large kidney tumor is benign! Prompt attention to these tumors is a must and a detailed evaluation is critical to making the best decision.

The very small mass in your kidney which is apparently different in appearance than what appear to be cysts on the other kidney is rightly a concern. First, your doctors are wise to send you on to the urologic cancer surgeon, as too many patients don’t get the proper follow up that you did.

Localized means that the tumor has not spread out from where it first started. Around 40% of kidney cancers are localized renal masses. Masses may be solid or cystic (having fluid). Most cystic masses are benign. What do we Know about Kidney Cancers?

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 do you find out if you have kidney cancer?

About 1/3 of kidney cancers are diagnosed after the disease has spread to other organs. The first step is to obtain a “staging” evaluation to determine the extent of cancer. This typically entails obtaining imaging of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis and comprehensive blood work.