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Kidney Stone (Urine)
Kidney Stone (Urine) Does this test have other names? Urine stone risk profile, 24-hour collection What is this test? This test checks your urine for chemicals that might cause your body to form kidney stones. The test also looks for blood in your urine, which can be a symptom of kidney stones. Kidney stones are hard masses of minerals and salts that can form in your kidneys. They can be as small as a grain of sand or more than an inch in diameter. Usually theses stones or crystals pass through your bod...
Ketone Bodies (Urine)
Ketone Bodies (Urine) Does this test have other names? Ketone test, urine ketones What is this test? This test is used to check the level of ketones in your urine. Normally, your body burns sugar for energy. But if you have diabetes, you may not have enough insulin for the sugar in your bloodstream to be used for fuel. When this happens, your body burns fat instead and produces substances called ketones. The ketones end up in your blood and urine. It's normal to have a small amount of ketones in your bo...
Ketone Bodies (Blood)
Ketone Bodies (Blood) Does this test have other names? Ketones, serum; ketones, blood What is this test? This blood test measures ketones, a byproduct of digestion, in your blood. When you have a high level of ketones in your blood, it's called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). DKA is a complication of diabetes that can be fatal if it's not treated. When you have diabetes, your body doesn't make enough insulin, a hormone that regulates the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates. Or it can't properly use insulin...
Kyphoplasty What is kyphoplasty? Kyphoplasty is a procedure used to treat fractures or breaks in the vertebrae. The vertebrae are the bones in your back that are stacked on top of each other to make your spine. Your spine supports your weight, allows you to move, and protects your spinal cord and the nerves. AMuscsk_20140310_v0_005 Kyphoplasty is often discussed along with another procedure called vertebroplasty. First the doctor inflates small balloon-like devices into the broken bone to make space. Th...
Keratoconus What is keratoconus? Keratoconus is an eye disorder in which your cornea slowly thins over time. The cornea also bulges out over time, to form a cone-like shape. The cornea is your eye’s outermost layer. It is a clear, strong layer that caps the front of your eye. It helps protect the rest of your eye from germs and debris. It also helps control the entry of light into your eye. With keratoconus, your cornea thins in the lower and central portions. Keratoconus can also cause swelling and sca...
Knee Pain What is knee pain? Your kneecap (patella) is a thick, round bone that covers and protects the front portion of your knee joint. It moves along a groove in your thighbone (femur) as part of the patellofemoral joint. A layer of cartilage surrounds the underside of your kneecap. This layer protects it from grinding against your femur. When this cartilage softens and breaks down, it can cause knee pain. This is partly due to repetitive stress. The stress irritates the lining of the joint, and this...
Kanamycin Sulfate Solution for injection
Kanamycin Sulfate Solution for injection What is this medicine? KANAMYCIN (kan a MYE sin) is an aminoglycoside antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection into a muscle or infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this...
Ketorolac Tromethamine Solution for injection
Ketorolac Tromethamine Solution for injection What is this medicine? KETOROLAC (kee toe ROLE ak) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to treat moderate to severe pain for up to 5 days. It is commonly used after surgery. This medicine should not be used for more than 5 days. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection into a muscle or into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the ...
Ketorolac Tromethamine Oral tablet
Ketorolac Tromethamine Oral tablet What is this medicine? KETOROLAC (kee toe ROLE ak) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used for a short while to treat moderate to severe pain, including pain after surgery. It should not be used for more than 5 days. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do n...
Ketoconazole Oral tablet
Ketoconazole Oral tablet What is this medicine? KETOCONAZOLE (kee toe KON na zole) is an antifungal medicine. It is used to treat certain kinds of fungal infections. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. This medicine works best if you take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. A special ...
Kidney, Ureter, and Bladder X-ray
Kidney, Ureter, and Bladder X-ray What is a kidney, ureter, and bladder X-ray? This type of X-ray may be done to check the stomach for causes of pain. It may also be done to check the organs and structures of the urinary or gastrointestinal (GI) system. The X-ray may be the first diagnostic procedure used to check the urinary system. X-rays use beams of energy that pass through body tissues onto a special film and make a picture. They show pictures of your internal tissues, bones, and organs. Why might ...
Kidney Transplant What is a kidney transplant? A kidney transplant is a surgery done to replace a diseased kidney with a healthy kidney from a donor. The kidney may come from a deceased organ donor or from a living donor. Family members or others who are a good match may be able to donate one of their kidneys. This type of transplant is called a living transplant. People who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with one healthy kidney. A person getting a transplant most often gets just 1 kidney. In ra...
Kidney Ultrasound What is a kidney ultrasound? A kidney ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to look at your kidneys. It can check the size, shape, and location of your kidneys. It also lets your healthcare provider see how well blood is flowing in your kidneys. The healthcare provider uses a device called a transducer to make the images of your kidneys. The transducer sends out sound waves that bounce off your kidneys. The sound waves are too high-pitched for you to hear. The transducer ...
Kidney Biopsy What is a kidney biopsy? A biopsy is done to remove tissue or cells from the body to exam under a microscope. The tissue sample is removed with a needle to check for cancer or other abnormal cells. It also helps check how well the kidney is working. There are 2 types of kidney biopsies: Needle biopsy . After an anesthetic is given, the healthcare provider inserts the biopsy needle into the kidney to get a sample. Ultrasound or computerized tomography (CT scan) may be used to guide the need...
Kidney Scan What is a kidney scan? A kidney scan is an imaging test that looks at your kidneys. Your healthcare provider can also see how well blood is flowing in your kidneys. A kidney scan is a type of nuclear imaging test. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive matter is used during the scan. The radioactive matter (radioactive tracer) is absorbed by normal kidney tissue. The radioactive tracer sends out gamma rays. These are picked up by the scanner to make a picture of your kidneys. The are...
Knee Ligament Repair
Knee Ligament Repair What is knee ligament repair? Ligaments are bands of tough, elastic connective tissue that surround a joint to give support and limit the joint's movement. AMuscsk_20140311_v1_001 When ligaments are damaged, the knee joint may become unstable. Ligament damage often occurs from a sports injury. A torn ligament severely limits knee movement, resulting in the inability to pivot, turn, or twist the leg. Surgery is an option to repair a torn ligament if other medical treatment is not eff...
Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee Replacement Surgery What is knee replacement surgery? When your knee is badly damaged by disease or injury, an artificial knee replacement may be considered. During knee replacement surgery, your joint surfaces are replaced by prostheses. These are plastic and metal parts that are used to replace your joint surfaces. Why might I need knee replacement surgery? Osteoarthritis is the most common problem that leads to knee replacement surgery. This is a “wear and tear” joint disease that affects mostly...
Kidney Transplantation in Children
Kidney Transplantation in Children What is a kidney transplant? A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure performed to implant a healthy kidney from another person. The kidney may come from a deceased organ donor or from a living donor. Family members or individuals who are unrelated but make a good match may be able to donate one of their kidneys. This type of transplant is called a living transplant. Individuals who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with the remaining kidney. A person receiving...
Knowing When to Seek Treatment for Your Child
Knowing When to Seek Treatment for Your Child When to seek treatment for your child or adolescent Knowing when to seek treatment for mental health disorders is important for parents and families. Many times, parents are the first to suspect that their child or teen is challenged by feelings, behaviors, and/or environmental conditions that cause him or her to act disruptive, rebellious, or sad. This may include problems with relationships with friends and/or family members, school, sleeping, eating, subs...
Kyphosis in Children
Kyphosis in Children What is kyphosis? A normal spine, when viewed from behind appears straight. However, a spine affected by kyphosis shows evidence of a forward curvature of the back bones (vertebrae) in the upper back area. This gives the child an abnormally rounded or "humpback" appearance. Click Image to Enlarge Kyphosis is defined as a curvature of the spine measuring 50° or greater on an X-ray (a test that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, a...
Keratitis in Children
Keratitis in Children What is keratitis? Keratitis is an inflammation or infection of the cornea of the eye. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. What causes keratitis? Keratitis can happen for many reasons. The following are some common causes of the condition: Bacteria Not having enough Vitamin A Viruses Trauma. This is often because of an object being inserted into your child’s eye. Fungi Parasites Who is at risk for keratitis? Children are more likely to get...
Kawasaki Disease What is Kawasaki disease? Kawasaki disease is a rare illness that most commonly affects children ages 0 to 5, but can sometimes affect children up to the age of 13. It is a type of vasculitis. Vasculitis means inflammation of the blood vessels. It can affect the whole body, including the blood vessels of the heart (coronary arteries). The cause of Kawasaki disease is unknown. Without treatment, affected children are at higher risk of developing problems with the coronary arteries. Other...
Knee Arthritis Not Helped by Vitamin D
April 2016 Knee Arthritis Not Helped by Vitamin D Vitamin D is important for good bone health. But it doesn’t help relieve pain or slow down osteoarthritis of the knee. That’s the conclusion of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Knee arthritis affects about 1 in 10 men and 13 in 100 women ages 60 and older. It is a progressive disease. This means it gradually gets worse. Currently, no treatment is available to stop the disease. Many people with knee osteoarthrit...
Kids Plus Dogs: Lower Asthma Risk?
January 2016 Kids Plus Dogs: Lower Asthma Risk? Having a dog at home may lower the risk for asthma in children, researchers say. Others studies have found that living on a farm or growing up around farm animals seemed to lower asthma risk by about half. This new study expanded the scope to include dogs. “Our results confirmed the farming effect,” said Tove Fall. Fall is assistant professor of epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden. “And we also saw that children who grew up with dogs had about 15%...
Keep Your Heart Healthy for Brain Health
December 2015 Keep Your Heart Healthy for Brain Health Here’s a good reason to keep your heart hearty: your mind. Recent research suggests that unhealthy heart habits may impair brain function—no matter what your age. The head-heart connection Like any super computer, your brain needs a power supply. The source: the heart. It pumps oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Without adequate blood flow, your mind may suffer glitches in memory, thought, and other intellectual processes. What might limit blood flow? ...
Keep Home Canning Safe
August 2014 Keep Home Canning Safe Summer can be fleeting—its warm embrace lingering for too short a time. Canning is one way you can capture some of the season. The flavors of your garden can last well into winter and beyond. But make sure you do it right to prevent food poisoning. A serious illness More than 48 million cases of food poisoning happen every year. Unfortunately, many go unreported. From 1998 to 2008, most incidents were linked to food prepared in a restaurant. Only 9% of cases started in...
Kidney Disorders Many disorders of the kidney require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Kidney Disorders Analgesic Nephropathy End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Glomerulonephritis Glomerulosclerosis Goodpasture Syndrome Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Immunoglobulin A (IgA) Syndrome Kidney Cancer Kidney Stones Kidney Transplantation Nephrotic Syndrome Polycystic Kidney ...
Kyphosis What is kyphosis? A normal spine, when viewed from behind appears straight. However, a spine affected by kyphosis has a forward curvature of the back bones (vertebrae) in the upper back area, giving an abnormally rounded or "humpback" appearance. Kyphosis is defined as a curvature of the spine measuring 50 degrees or greater on an X-ray. The normal spine can bend from 20 to 45 degrees of curvature in the upper back area. Kyphosis is a type of spinal deformity. What causes kyphosis? Kyphosis can...
Kidney Stones What is a kidney stone? A kidney stone is a hard, pebble-like deposit that forms in the kidney. It may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a pearl. Some are as big as golf balls. A stone may be smooth, irregular in shape, or jagged. Most are yellow or brown in color. There are different types of kidney stones: Calcium stones. Calcium stones are the most common type of stones. Calcium is a normal part of a healthy diet and is used by bones and muscles. Calcium not used by the body...
Kidney Transplantation Click Image to Enlarge What is a kidney transplant? A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure done to implant a healthy kidney from another person. The kidney may come from a deceased donor or from a living donor. A person receiving a transplant usually receives only one kidney, but, in rare situations, he or she may receive two kidneys. In most cases, the diseased kidneys are left in place during the transplant procedure. The transplanted kidney is implanted in the lower abdome...
Kidney Failure What is kidney failure? Kidney failure occurs when damage results in loss of normal kidney function. It may also be called end stage renal disease (ESRD). There are 2 types of kidney failure — acute and chronic. Acute kidney failure starts abruptly. It can sometimes be reversed. Chronic kidney failure progresses slowly over at least 3 months. It can lead to permanent kidney failure. What causes kidney failure? Conditions that may lead to acute or chronic kidney failure may include: Acute ...
Knee Pain and Problems
Knee Pain and Problems Brief anatomy of the knee The knee is a vulnerable joint that bears a great deal of stress from everyday activities, such as lifting and kneeling, and from high-impact activities, such as jogging and aerobics. The knee is formed by the following parts: Tibia. This is the shin bone or larger bone of the lower leg. Femur. This is the thighbone or upper leg bone. Patella . This is the kneecap. Click Image to Enlarge Each bone end is covered with a layer of cartilage that absorbs shoc...
Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee Replacement Surgery When a knee is so severely damaged by disease or injury, an artificial knee replacement may be considered. During knee replacement surgery, joint surfaces are substituted or replaced by prostheses. Nearly 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are done each year in the U.S. The most common age for knee replacement is between 50 and 80 years old. Who might be a candidate for knee replacement? Click Image to Enlarge The most common condition that results in the need for knee replaceme...
Knowing When to Seek Treatment
Knowing When to Seek Treatment Knowing when to seek treatment for mental health disorders is important for parents and families. Many times, families, spouses, or friends are the first to suspect that their loved one is challenged by feelings, behaviors, and/or environmental conditions that cause them to act disruptive, rebellious, or sad. This may include, but is not limited to, problems with relationships with friends and/or family members, work, school, sleeping, eating, substance abuse, emotional ex...
Keratosis Pilaris What is keratosis pilaris? Keratosis pilaris is a common skin disorder. It is characterized by small, scaly pointed bumps on the skin. The bumps usually appear on the upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. The condition worsens in the winter and usually clears up in the summer. Keratosis pilaris has no known cause, but tends to run in families. This disorder does not get worse over time. It is harmless, and often disappears as the person ages. Treatment for keratosis pilaris Usually no trea...
Know About Niacin
Know About Niacin Along with diet and exercise, treatment to lower cholesterol may include the B vitamin niacin combined with other drugs, such as statins. Niacin is available by prescription, and over-the-counter as a dietary supplement. (The dietary supplement form is not recommended for lowering cholesterol.) Take niacin only under a doctor’s guidance. Niacin helps lower triglyceride levels and increase High-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol, which carries fat away from arteries. It al...
Know Your Peak Flow
Know Your Peak Flow A peak-flow meter is a small device that measures how fast the air is moving out of your lungs when you exhale. You and your health care provider can use information from a peak-flow meter to help stop a flare-up in its tracks. When the airflow from your lungs is slower than your normal rate, this can be a sign of asthma problems. It can help alert you to problems hours or even days before you start to experience actual symptoms, such as an increase in cough or shortness of breath. E...
Kids and Swimming Safety Quiz
What Do You Know About Swimming Safety for Kids? When the weather warms up, you may start to think about taking your kids to the pool or beach. You have sunscreen to protect them, but how’s your swimming safety knowledge? Find out below. 1. The presence of a lifeguard at the pool or beach means you don’t have to watch your child. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Don’t solely rely on a lifeguard to watch your child. Be alert. Don’t get distracted. Stay within arm’s reac...
Knee Injury Quiz
What Do You Know About Knee Injury? Your knees are complex joints and that makes them more vulnerable to injury. Learning how to prevent knee injuries and treating them if they occur can help you stay active at work and play. Test your knowledge of knees by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 1. Ligaments connect muscles to bones. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Ligaments connect bones to bones. The 4 main ligament...
Kidney Health Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Kidney Health? 1. How much blood do your kidneys filter daily? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is One of the functions of your kidneys is to remove waste products and extra fluid from the blood. Waste products come from your diet and normal breakdown of tissues. The kidneys filter about 50 gallons of blood a day. Of that amount, about one-half to two quarts of fluid and waste products are removed from the blood and passed out of the body in uri...
Kidney Stones Quiz
Take the Kidney Stone Quiz Kidney stones are one of the most common problems of the urinary tract—and one of the most painful disorders. How much do you know about kidney stones? Try your hand at this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 1. Most kidney stones pass through a person's urinary tract without any medical intervention. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is If the crystals that form the stones remain...
Kidney Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions
Kidney Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions Below are some common questions about kidney cancer. Click Image to Enlarge What are the kidneys, and what do they do? 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 marrow Help regulate blood pressure Most people...
Kidney Cancer: Ablation Therapy
Kidney Cancer: Ablation Therapy Ablation therapy is a type of treatment that kills cancer cells. There are 2 main types of ablation therapy used to treat kidney cancer. They’re both done by putting a needle into an area of cancer cells. This is a less-invasive treatment that causes less bleeding. It also keeps the side effects to a small area of the body. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) uses energy waves to kill cancer cells. Cryoablation uses extreme cold to kill cancer cells. A newer treatment Ablation ...
Kidney Cancer: Biologic Therapy
Kidney Cancer: Biologic Therapy Biologic therapy is a type of treatment for cancer that uses your body’s own immune system. It’s also known as immunotherapy. It uses medicines that boost certain parts of the immune system. This helps your body fight off cancer cells. The treatments are known as biologic medicines. They help your immune cells recognize and attack the cancer cells. It is mainly used if targeted therapy does not work. Targeted therapy is another kind of treatment done with medicine. How bi...
Kidney Cancer: Radiation Therapy
Kidney Cancer: Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy is a treatment for cancer than uses rays of energy. A machine directs the rays of energy to the area of cancer. The energy kills cancer cells. Radiation therapy does not work as well as other methods for treating kidney cancer. But in some cases, it may be the preferred treatment. When radiation therapy is used This treatment may be used if one or more of the below applies to you: You’re not healthy enough to have surgery Your kidney cancer is not respo...
Kidney Cancer: Surgery
Kidney Cancer: Surgery Surgery is the most common treatment for kidney cancer. The goal is to take out the tumor or tumors. You may have radiation or other treatment before or after surgery. When surgery may be an option Your health care provider may advise surgery to treat your kidney cancer if any of the following apply to you: You are healthy enough to have surgery. Your health care provider will only advise surgery if he or she expects you to be able to recover from it. The tumor is small. In this c...
Kidney Cancer: Questions to Ask About Your Treatment
Kidney Cancer: Questions to Ask About Your Treatment Talking with health care providers about cancer can be overwhelming. It can be hard to take in all of the information. It helps to be prepared. Make a list of questions and bring them to your appointments. Write the answers down in a notebook. Make sure you ask how the treatment will change your daily life, including your diet, and how you will look and feel after treatment. Ask how successful the treatment is expected to be, and what the risks and po...
Kidney Cancer: Your Chances of Recovery
Kidney Cancer: Your Chances of Recovery What is a prognosis? Prognosis is the word your health care team may use to describe your chances of recovering from cancer. Or it may mean your likely outcome from cancer and cancer treatment. A prognosis is a calculated guess. It’s a question many people have when they learn they have cancer. Making a choice The decision to ask about your prognosis is a personal one. It’s up to you to decide how much you want to know. Some people find it easier to cope and plan ...
Kidney (Renal) Cancer: Introduction
Kidney (Renal) Cancer: Introduction What is cancer? Cancer is when cells in the body change and grow out of control. To help you understand what happens when you have cancer, let’s look at how your body works normally. Your body is made up of tiny building blocks called cells. Normal cells grow when your body needs them, and die when your body does not need them any longer. Cancer is made up of abnormal cells that grow even though your body doesn’t need them. In most cancers, the abnormal cells grow to ...
Kidney Cancer: Tests After Diagnosis
Kidney Cancer: Tests After Diagnosis After a diagnosis of penile cancer, you will likely have other tests. These tests help your healthcare providers learn more about your cancer. They can help show if the cancer has grown into nearby areas or spread to other parts of the body. The test results help your healthcare providers decide the best ways to treat the cancer. If you have any questions about these or other tests, be sure to talk with your healthcare team. The tests you have may include: Chest X-ra...
Kidney Cancer: Treatment Choices
Kidney Cancer: Treatment Choices There are various treatment choices for kidney cancer. Which may work best for you? It depends on a number of factors. These include the type, size, location, and stage of your cancer. Factors also include your age, overall health, and what side effects you’ll find acceptable. Learning about your treatment options You may have questions and concerns about your treatment options. You may also want to know how you’ll feel and function after treatment, and if you’ll have to...
Kidney Cancer: Chemotherapy
Kidney Cancer: Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment done with medicine. It attacks cells that divide quickly, such as cancer cells. It is used less often than biologic therapy, which is another kind of treatment done with medicine. Chemotherapy may be used in rare cases where biologic therapy has not worked. Types of chemotherapy Some of the chemotherapy medicines that might be used include: Gemcitabine 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) Capecitabine Vinblastine Floxuridine You may take more than ...
Kidney Cancer: Grade and Stage
Kidney Cancer: Grade and Stage Once your health care provider knows you have cancer, the next step is to find out the grade and stage of the cancer. Stage is a way to note the size of the tumor, and if it has spread. Grade is a way to note how abnormal the cancer cells look under a microscope. Staging and grading of cancer is important for deciding how to treat it, and how curable it is. Grades of kidney cancer The grade refers to how the cancer cells look when compared to normal kidney cells. The grade...
Kidney Cancer: Managing Treatment Side Effects
Kidney Cancer: Managing Treatment Side Effects Treatment for kidney cancer can cause side effects. The side effects vary from person to person. The side effects you may have depend on the kinds of treatment you have, your overall health, and other factors. Side effects of kidney cancer treatment can include: Anxiety or depression Appetite loss Bleeding problems Bloating and swelling Constipation Diarrhea Hair loss (alopecia) Infection Low sex drive (low libido) Menopausal symptoms Mouth and lip sores Na...
Kidney Cancer: Diagnosis
Kidney Cancer: Diagnosis Diagnosing kidney cancer starts with your health care provider asking you questions. He or she will ask about your medical history, your symptoms, risk factors, and family history of disease. Your health care provider will also give you a physical exam. You may be checked for a fever and high blood pressure. The health care provider may feel your abdomen, sides, and back for lumps. Symptoms of kidney cancer can be caused by other less serious problems. Because of this, you will ...
Kidney Cancer: Risk Factors
Kidney Cancer: Risk Factors What is a risk factor? A risk factor is anything that may increase your chance of having a disease. Risk factors for a certain type of cancer might include smoking, diet, family history, or many other things. The exact cause of someone’s cancer may not be known. But risk factors can make it more likely for a person to have cancer. Things you should know about risk factors for cancer: Risk factors can increase a person's risk, but they do not necessarily cause the disease. Som...
Kidney Cancer: Symptoms
Kidney Cancer: Symptoms What are the symptoms of kidney cancer? Kidney cancer often causes no symptoms in its early stages. As the cancer grows, it can cause symptoms such as: Blood in the urine. Blood in the urine (hematuria) is one of the most common signs of kidney cancer. Hematuria can be caused by other tumors, such as bladder cancer or prostate cancer tumors. It can also be caused by benign (non-cancer) conditions, such as kidney stones and infections. You may be able to see the blood easily in yo...
Kidney Cancer: Statistics
Kidney Cancer: Statistics What are statistics? Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Because no 2 people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with you...
Kidney Cancer: Newly Diagnosed
Kidney Cancer: Newly Diagnosed Being told you have kidney cancer can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your health care team to help. Coping with fear It’s normal to feel afraid. Learning about your cancer and about the treatment options you have can make you feel less afraid. This also helps you work with your health care team and make the best choices for your treatment. You can also ask to speak with a counselor. Working with your health care team Your health care team...
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