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There are several types of KIDNEY cancers and several types of kidney cancer cells. What kind do you have?

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Devastated Wife
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There are several types of kidney cancer:

  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Urothelial carcinoma (also called transitional cell carcinoma)  <---- what my husband had
  • Sarcoma
  • Wilms tumor
  • Lymphoma

Types of kidney cancer cells:

  • Clear cell
  • Papillary <---- what my husband had
  • Sarcomatoid features
  • Angiomyolipoma
  • Medullary/collecting duct
  • Chromophobe
  • Oncocytoma

source:  https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/kidney-cancer/introduction


What is/was yours? 


Anyone else out there with transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) also called urothelial carcinoma (UCC) in the kidney?

It's the 2nd most common type of kidney cancer.  This type of cancer can happen in the bladder, ureter, urethra or kidney. It's the most common type of bladder cancer. 

source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transitional_cell_carcinoma


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I had by far the most common. RCC Clear Cell



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3.4 x 3.3 cm.  I was lucky and it was caught early.



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Clear Cell mRCC (metastasized)

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Papillary Non-Clear Cell metastatic Renal Cell carcinoma, Type II. (Spread to lymph nodes & possibly liver.)

12 cm.

I was so happy to get that mess out of me 6.5 weeks ago! I got the rare type, most aggressive type, they told me. Foot in Mouth

But maybe they got it all. Had a huge thrombus that should've actually done me in, but I got lucky!! 

They didn't catch this early. I had no symptoms until it became a monster. That part is scary! 

I have 16 1/2" of cuts, an upside down Y. Can't wait for that to heal. Coming along nicely. I'm just getting impatient.

Trying to behave and take my 60 mg Cabometyx every day. 

Wishing you all well.

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I had clear cell RCC. My surgeon's PA said I had the best type. Lucky me I guess haha! 


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I had clear cell RCC.

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I'm one of the odd ones with chromophobe RCC



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RCC, clear cell for me also.

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Chromophobe RCC for me too

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Mine was a hybrid clear cell papillary, but had a TFE3 fusion deeming it translocation type.  Stage 3 with focal fat invasion 4x3.5x3cm tumor. Lymph nodes clean. 

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Mine are the most common one Clear Cell RCC 

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Clear cell RCC.

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Clear Cell

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My SIL, John, has RCC with 60% sarcomatoid features which makes it very aggressive.

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Thanks again everyone.  I read each and every comment -- probably more than once.

I appreciate all the responses.

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Papillary RCC Type 2


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Bi-Lateral Clear cell RCC (both kidneys) Waiting for surgery on my left. Surgery was Jan 24th on my right.

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RCC Clear Cell

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Papillary type 1

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Cindy T in Wash...
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4.6 cm renal cell carcinoma

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Husband had ccrcc Stage 1 Grade 3  6cm x5 cm x 3.5 cm 

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CCRCC pT1a 3.2cm G2, partial cyst, partial solid mass.

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Hubby has metastic RCC with some rhabdoid features.  The RCC is being treated well with Sutent.  The rhabdoid is agressive and he has new mets from that. 

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Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma....donna_lee

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My husband has mets of his chromophobe kidney cancer. Any advice is more then welcome

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I had Clear Cell RCC

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5.3 cm right upper kidney. Clear cell RCC.

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I wa told RCC and instead was A cystic nephroma, also known as multilocular cystic nephroma, mixed epithelial stromal tumour (MEST) and renal epithelial stromal tumour (REST), is a type of rare benign kidney tumour.

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I had Clear Cell RCC 4.5 cm 

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13.4 cm tumor. RCC unclassified with sarcomatoid and rhabdoid features. Grade 4

I guess this is very rare and aggressive. 

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Mark David, that sounds a lot like what I had also. My info is in my profile. They did call mine rare and agressive also. 

How are you doing now, 9 days out of surgery? I wish you well and hope you are doing really good.

We're all here for you, anytime.

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Thank you! I was shocked when they told me how big it was and then I was speechless when they showed me the CT scan.  I can’t believe that I could have something that large in me and not have known.  Crazy.  I am actually about 6 weeks post surgery and I am feeling pretty good physically.  Emotionally - well that is day to day.  Pretty good during the day when I am busy but at night ... well there is a lot to think about which I am sure we can all relate to that.

Your surgery sounded very intense.  I am happy to hear that it went well and I hope your recovery was good and will continue to be good. When I go in for my 3 month post op I they will do all the scans, tests, etc. and I will find out what happens next.  Right now I am just waiting which is hard to do.

I appreciate the support.


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Gosh your head will be spinning

i hope you are getting lots of support

there are many treatments out there and one could be the one for you

the surgery is done so you can now focus on you

We have. So much knowledge here and on Smart. Patients

please let us help you



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It was a crazy week from diagnosis to surgery to discharge from the hospital.  I don’t think it really hit me that I have cancer until I got home and started reading and researching. Recovery from surgery went better than expected - really no complications.  I was able to go back to work after 3 weeks - though probably should have waited a week.  

My next doctor visit is my 3 month post survery where I have a battery of tests and scans waiting to find out if they got all of the cancer or if it spread.  The initial scans were negative, lymph nodes were clear, adrenal gland was clear, margins clear, etc.  When I read my pathology report I was a little freaked out - and then of course I googled it and became even more freaked out.  

I am hopeful that when I go In my scans are clear but my doctor gave me about a 50% chance of that.  If not, then we will just deal with it day by day.

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I am interested in learning more about the scales and statistics as long as they are reasonably up to date and consider more than just age, stage, size, and grade. Any help will be really appreciated. I am scheduled for monitoring every 6 months for at least 3 years and then reassess. So again, any advice, information would be greatly appreciated.


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At 2.6 cm you should be good for the long haul.




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Welcome, skip.  You're a few weeks out from surgery, so my advice is to listen to your body as you recover.  Take it easy when you need to and don't rush the process.  Recovery varies from person to person, so don't push it.

Good luck 


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