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General Questions

What is kidney cancer?

What causes kidney cancer?

What are the symptoms of kidney cancer?

Can kidney cancer be cured?

If I have kidney cancer, do I have to have my kidney removed?

What is the connection between von Hippel-Lindau syndrome & kidney cancer?

What qualities should I look for in a surgeon/oncologist?

Should I get genetic testing for kidney cancer? When?

How will I know if my cancer returns?

How can I prevent my cancer from recurring?

What is hospice care and when should I explore it?

What happens when a patient transitions to hospice care?

Is it possible to prevent kidney cancer? How?

Are there things that cause kidney cancer that can be controlled?

What should I look for and what should I ask about when chosing the best doctor for my care?

Diagnosis

How do you make a kidney cancer diagnosis?

What should you do when you receive a kidney cancer diagnosis?

What are the first steps for someone diagnosed at stage I, II, III, IV, or metastatic kidney cancer?

What’s the difference between cancer stage and Fuhrman grade?

Can I get a second opinion for my diagnosis? Will my doctor be offended?

How do kidney cancer subtypes influence treatment?

What types of doctors will you see if you are diagnosed with kidney cancer?

Treatment

What should I ask my doctor before treatment?

Can I get a second opinion about my treatment plan?

What treatment options do people with rare types of kidney cancer have?

What do I do if my doctor and I disagree about treatment?

Why are treatment options sometimes different in different countries?

What are the short and long term effects of kidney cancer treatment?

What are the long term effects of repeated CT scans?