Kidney Cancers

TYPES OF KIDNEY CANCERS

Kidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma (RCC), can manifest in different types. The most common types of kidney cancer include:

  • Clear cell renal cell carcinoma:
  • This is the most prevalent type, accounting for about 75% of all kidney cancers. It gets its name from the clear appearance of cancer cells when viewed under a microscope.

  • Papillary renal cell carcinoma:
  • This type makes up about 10-15% of kidney cancers. It is characterized by the development of finger-like projections in the cancerous cells when viewed under a microscope.

  • Chromophobe renal cell carcinoma:
  • This type accounts for approximately 5% of kidney cancers. Chromophobe cells are larger and have a pale or eosinophilic cytoplasm when examined under a microscope.

  • Collecting duct renal cell carcinoma:
  • This is a rare and aggressive type of kidney cancer that arises from the collecting ducts of the kidney.

  • Medullary carcinoma:
  • This is a rare and aggressive type of kidney cancer that typically occurs in individuals of African descent, often in association with sickle cell trait.

  • Renal oncocytoma:
  • While technically a benign tumor, renal oncocytoma can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from malignant tumors and may require surgical removal.

    These are the main types of kidney cancers, each with distinct characteristics, treatment approaches, and prognoses. Additionally, there are other rare subtypes and variants of kidney cancer that may be identified through pathological examination. Contact Dr. Debabrata Mukherjee For more info

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