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14

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

:

Kidney Cancer, Version 1.2017

1

Kidney cancer basics

Review

Lymph nodes are connected to each other by

lymph vessels. Lymph vessels and nodes are found

throughout the body.

See Figure 6

. Lymph nodes

near the kidneys are called regional lymph nodes.

Lymph nodes in other parts of the body are called

distant lymph nodes.

Review

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The kidneys filter blood to remove extra water

and other waste the body doesn’t need.

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Renal tubules are tiny tubes in the kidneys that

remove waste from blood and make urine.

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Cancer cells form a tumor since they don’t die

as they should.

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RCC (

r

enal

c

ell

c

arcinoma) is cancer that starts

in cells that line the renal tubules. RCC is the

most common type of kidney cancer.

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Cancer cells can spread to other body parts

through blood or lymph.

Remain vigilant and continue regular

medical check-ups.

-Willie