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If I have 1 kidney removed, can I live normally?
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After a kidney is removed, the remaining kidney takes over the work of both. Most people with only 1 kidney have no long-term health problems. However, you should avoid anything that could harm the remaining kidney. It is very important to talk with your health care provider if you start taking new medicines or if […] Read More
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How is kidney cancer treated?
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Surgery. This is done to remove the tumor from the kidney. The whole kidney may be taken out, or only the part of the kidney with the tumor may be removed. Surgery is the standard treatment for cancer that is confined to the kidney and has not spread to other organs. Targeted therapy. These medicines […] Read More
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How is kidney cancer diagnosed?
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There are various ways to find out if a person has kidney cancer. They include: Medical history and physical exam. The health care provider asks about the person’s medical history. He or she also asks about the person’s family history of kidney cancer and other conditions that may be related to kidney cancer. The health […] Read More
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What are the symptoms of kidney cancer?
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In the early stages, kidney cancer frequently causes no symptoms. As cancer grows, symptoms may develop. The most common symptoms in people with kidney cancer include: Blood in the urine; Side or back pain; A mass or lump in the side or lower back; Ongoing tiredness; Appetite loss; Fast weight loss that happens without any […] Read More
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Who gets kidney cancer?
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More than 60,000 people in the United States are told they have kidney cancer each year. Men get kidney cancer more often than women. People who smoke are more likely to get kidney cancer than nonsmokers. Here are some other risk factors: Having Von Hippel-Lindau disease; Family history of kidney cancer; Obesity; Regular contact with […] Read More
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Are there different types of renal cell carcinoma (RCC)?
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Yes, there are many types of RCC. A pathologist can name them under a microscope based on how they look. Here are some of the types: Clear cell, the most common type of RCC; Papillary, the second most common type; Chromophobe; Collecting duct, which is very rare. Read More
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What is kidney cancer?
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This is cancer that starts in the kidney. The most common type of kidney cancer is called renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The term renal is from the Latin word for kidney. About 90% of all kidney cancers are RCC. The other 10% are transitional cell carcinomas, Wilms tumors (in children), and other rare tumors. Read More
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What are the kidneys, and what do they do?
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The kidneys are 2 bean-shaped organs. Each is about the size of a fist. You have 1 on either side of your spine in the middle-to-lower back. They have 2 main roles: Filter waste from the blood and make urine; Make the hormone erythropoietin that controls the production of red blood cells in the bone […] Read More
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What does normal semen look like, and when should I worry?
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Normal semen is thick and white, but it can have different consistencies. Blood in the semen, if it’s persistent, is a condition called hematospermia, and may relate to a prostate problem. If you have a foul-smelling ejaculate with pain, have your doctor check for infection. Read More
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Can a man break his penis?
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Yes. There is no bone in the penis, but it has a very strong layer around it called the tunica albuginea that allows for rigidity during an erection. A penile fracture occurs when that fibrous connective tissue “breaks” during intercourse. When the erectile bodies fill with blood at high pressure, this strong layer keeps the […] Read More

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