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Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Cancer)
Renal Cell Carcinoma Introduction & Types
Renal cell carcinoma (also called renal adenocarcinoma or hypernephroma) is the most common type of kidney cancer that develops in adults. It occurs in the cells that line the tubules (small tubes inside the nephrons that help filter the blood and make urine). There are over 1 million nephrons in each kidney. About nine out of 10 cases of kidney cancer are renal cell carcinomas.
Unfortunately, this type of cancer displays mild symptoms in its early stages, and might be misdiagnosed or undetected until the tumor grows larger and has invaded nearby organs.
4. Collecting duct. This is a rare and aggressive type of renal cell carcinoma. The cancerous cells form irregular tubes inside the tumor. Collecting duct carcinoma is more common among young people and unfortunately is diagnosed in most cases when the cancer has metastasized (spread inside the body).
5. "Unclassified". This is another less common type of renal cell carcinoma. It is called unclassified because the cancerous cells appearance does not fit in any of the other categories. This type of cancer includes aggressive tumors that do not respond to traditional renal cell carcinoma treatments.
Article by Alina Morrow, MS
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