Here are some facts about the numbers of people affected by this serious disease:
Despite surgery, in about 20% to 30% of patients, cancer will return. And of those diagnosed with RCC, approximately 20% already have advanced (metastatic) disease at diagnosis. So when you are diagnosed with RCC, you may need other treatment, not just surgery to remove the tumor. TORISEL is approved to treat the portion of patients whose cancer is advanced.
Signs & symptoms of RCC
More than half of all cases of RCC are found by chance. This happens when you get an imaging test for a different health issue. You may not have any obvious signs or symptoms of RCC.
Some signs and symptoms of RCC include:
Risk factors for RCC
Men have a higher risk than women of developing RCC. Most people who are diagnosed are in their 60s or 70s.
Other risk factors are:
Stages of RCC
Staging overview and 5-year survival rates for kidney cancer
Adapted from Cohen et al.
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When thinking about tumor size, it may help to compare different measurements with everyday objects.
Note: images shown for relative comparison; not actual size.
When RCC is found at an early stage, it can be treated with surgery to remove the tumor. Part or all of the kidney may also be removed.
Treatment for RCC
The main treatment for early stage RCC is surgery to remove the cancer from the body.
Types of surgery for RCC include:
Chemotherapy and radiation, used to treat other cancers, are not generally used for treating RCC.
Treatment for advanced RCC may include:
Researchers are also looking at other treatments for RCC. These include vaccines, stem-cell therapies, and others.
TORISEL is indicated for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma.
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