Renal Cell Adenocarcinoma

Renal Cell Adenocarcinoma: Introduction

Renal cell adenocarcinoma is a type of kidney cancer that begins in the lining of the kidney tubules. The kidney tubules are the small, thin tubes within the kidney that help filter waste from the blood and produce urine. Renal cell adenocarcinoma typically affects adults in their middle age, but can affect people of any age. Symptoms may include blood in the urine, pain in the side and back, a lump in the abdomen, fatigue, and weight-loss among others.

Risk Factors for Renal Cell Adenocarcinoma

Certain risk factors are associated with renal cell adenocarcinoma. These include:

  • Family history of kidney cancer.
  • Smoking
  • Obesity.
  • Chronic kidney disease.
  • Dialysis.
  • High blood pressure.

Diagnosis of Renal Cell Adenocarcinoma

In order to diagnose renal cell adenocarcinoma, a physical exam and laboratory tests, such as a complete blood count, urinalysis, and a 24-hour urine collection, may be done. Imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI, may also be done. These tests may show a tumor in the kidney. To confirm the diagnosis, a biopsy may be done.

Treatment of Renal Cell Adenocarcinoma

Treatment options for renal cell adenocarcinoma depend on several factors, including the size and location of the tumor, and the patient’s age and general health. Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or targeted therapy.