Kidney cancer - Wikipedia

Kidney cancer Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, is a type of cancer that starts in the cells in the kidney.

Kidney cancer

The two most common types of kidney cancer are renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) (also known as urothelial cell carcinoma) of the renal pelvis. These names reflect the type of cell from which the cancer developed. The different types of kidney cancer (such as RCC and TCC) develop in different ways, meaning that the diseases have different long term outcomes, and need to be staged and treated in different ways. RCC is responsible for approximately 80% of primary renal cancers, and TCC accounts the majority of the remainder.[1] Overall five year survival rate in the United States is 73%.[2] For cancers that are confined to the kidney, the five year survival rate is 92%, if it has spread to the surrounding lymph nodes it is 65%, and if has metastasized it is 12%.[2]

Contents Micrograph showing the most common type of kidney cancer (clear cell renal cell carcinoma). H&E stain.

Types Signs and symptoms Stages

Classification and external resources


Specialty Oncology, nephrology

Pathophysiology Diagnosis


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Treatment Children Epidemiology United States Europe United Kingdom See also References External links

Types In addition to renal cell carcinoma and renal pelvis carcinoma, other, less common types of kidney cancer include: Squamous cell carcinoma Juxtaglomerular cell tumor (reninoma) Angiomyolipoma Bellini duct carcinoma Clear-cell sarcoma of the kidney Mesoblastic nephroma Wilms' tumor, usually is reported in children under the age of 5. Mixed epithelial stromal tumor[3] Rarely, some other types of cancer and potentially cancerous tumors that more usually originate elsewhere can originate in the kidneys. These include: Clear cell adenocarcinoma Transitional cell carcinoma Inverted papilloma Renal lymphoma Teratoma[4] Carcinosarcoma[5] Carcinoid tumor of the renal pelvis [6] Cancer in the kidney may also be secondary, the result of metastasis from a primary cancer elsewhere in the body.

Micrograph of a kidney cancer (chromophobe renal cell carcinoma, oncocytic variant), that may be challenging to differentiate from a benign kidney tumour (renal oncocytoma). H&E stain.

Signs and symptoms The most common signs and symptoms of kidney cancer are a mass in the abdomen and/or blood in the urine (or hematuria). Other symptoms may include tiredness, loss of appetite, weight loss, a high temperature and heavy sweating, and persistent pain in the abdomen.[7][8] However, many of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions, and there may also be no signs or symptoms in a person with kidney cancer, especially in the early stages of the disease.


Micrograph of papillary renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer. H&E stain.

Stage 1 kidney cancer

Stage 2 kidney cancer

Stage 3 kidney cancer

Stage 4 kidney cancer

For stage 4 kidney cancer, the most common sites kidney cancer metastasis are the lungs, bones, liver, brain, and distant lymph nodes.[9]

Causes Factors that increase the risk of kidney cancer include smoking, which can double the risk of the disease; regular use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, which may increase the risk by 51%[10] or may not; [11] obesity; faulty genes; a family history of kidney cancer; having kidney disease that needs dialysis; being infected with hepatitis C; and previous treatment for testicular cancer or cervical cancer. There are also other possible risk factors such as kidney stones[12] and high blood pressure, which are being investigated.[13]

Pathophysiology Kidney cancer originates in the kidney in two principal locations: the renal tubule and the renal pelvis. Most cancers in the renal tubule are renal cell carcinoma and clear cell adenocarcinoma. Most cancers in the renal pelvis are transitional cell carcinoma.

Diagnosis Treatment Treatment for kidney cancer depends on the type and stage of the disease. Surgery is the most common treatment as kidney cancer does not often respond to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Surgical complexity can be estimated by the RENAL Nephrometry Scoring System. If the cancer has not spread it will usually be removed by surgery. In some cases this involves removing the whole kidney however most tumors are amenable to partial removal to eradicate the tumor and preserve the remaining normal portion of the kidney. Surgery is not always possible – for example the patient may have other medical conditions that prevent it, or the cancer may have spread around the body and doctors may not be able to remove it.[14] There is currently no evidence that body-wide medical therapy after surgery where there is no known residual disease, that is, adjuvant therapy, helps to improve survival in kidney cancer. If the cancer cannot be treated with surgery other techniques such as freezing the tumour or treating it with high temperatures may be used. However these are not yet used as standard treatments for kidney cancer.[15] Other treatment options include biological therapies such as everolimus, torisel, nexavar, sutent, and axitinib, the use of immunotherapy including interferon and interleukin-2.[16][17][18] Immunotherapy is successful in 10 to 15% of people.[19] Sunitinib is the current standard of care in the adjuvant setting along with pazopanib; these treatments are often followed by everolimus, axitinib, and sorafenib. Immune checkpoint inhibitors are also in trials for kidney cancer, and some have gained approval for medical use.[20] In the second line setting, nivolumab demonstrated an overall survival advantage in advanced clear renal cell carcinoma over everolimus in 2015 and was approved by the FDA.[20][21] Cabozantinib also demonstrated an overall survival benefit over everolimus and was approved by the FDA as a second-line treatment in 2016.[22][23][24] Lenvatinib in combination with everolimus was approved in 2016 for patients who have had exactly one prior line of angiogenic therapy.[25] In Wilms' tumor, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery are the accepted treatments, depending on the stage of the disease when it is diagnosed.[26]

Children The majority of kidney cancers reported in children are Wilms' tumors. These tumors can begin to grow when a fetus is still developing in the uterus, and may not cause problems until the child is a few years old. Wilms' tumor is most common in children under the age of 5, but can rarely be diagnosed in older children or in adults. It is still not clear what causes most Wilms' tumors. The most common symptoms are swelling of the abdomen and blood in the urine.[26]

Epidemiology Around 208,500 new cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed in the world each year, accounting for just under 2% of all cancers.[27] The highest rates are recorded in North America and the lowest rates in Asia and Africa.[28]

United States The United States' NIH estimates for 2013 around 64,770 new cases of kidney cancer and 13,570 deaths from the disease.[29] The incidence of kidney cancer is also increasing in the United States. This is thought to be a real increase, not only due to changes in the way the disease is diagnosed.[30]

Europe The most recent estimates of incidence of kidney cancer suggest that there are 63,300 new cases annually in the EU25. In Europe, kidney cancer accounts for nearly 3% of all cancer cases.[31]

United Kingdom Kidney cancer is the eighth most common cancer in the UK (around 10,100 people were diagnosed with the disease in 2011), and it is the fourteenth most common cause of cancer death (around 4,300 people died in 2012).[32]

See also Hemihypertrophy Kidney Cancer UK Oncophage Urogenital neoplasm Timeline of kidney cancer

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External links "U.S. NIH – Cancer of the Kidney and Renal Pelvis – Statistics" ( Clinically reviewed kidney cancer information ( for patients, from Cancer Research UK UK kidney cancer statistics ( from Cancer Research UK Cancer.Net: Kidney Cancer ( Retrieved from ""

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