NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Kidney Cancer, Version 1.2017
Kidney cancer basics
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.
The kidneys filter blood to remove extra water
and other waste the body doesn’t need.
Renal tubules are tiny tubes in the kidneys that
remove waste from blood and make urine.
Cancer cells form a tumor since they don’t die
as they should.
arcinoma) is cancer that starts
in cells that line the renal tubules. RCC is the
most common type of kidney cancer.
Cancer cells can spread to other body parts
through blood or lymph.
Remain vigilant and continue regular