kidney cancer

‘Obesity paradox’ appears to fit for men with renal cell carcinomaA study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York sheds light on the “obesity paradox” seen with renal cell carcinoma while at the same time demonstrating the emerging value of genomics in understanding cancer and other diseases.
RCC sequencing: One good answerThe take-home message is that for sorafenib and sunitinib, sequencing does not appear to be drug dependent and either can be used as first- or second-line therapy.
Sequential therapies for metastatic renal cell carcinoma yield similar resultsThe sequential use of two targeted treatments for metastatic renal cell carcinoma appears to yield similar total progression-free survival regardless of the order in which they are given, phase III study results indicate.
Circumcision error leads to Peyronie’s disease
Circumcision error leads to Peyronie’s diseaseIn the lawsuit, the urologist contended the circumcision was properly performed and the patient’s curvature was due to a previously asymptomatic Peyronie’s condition, which was exacerbated after the circumcision procedure.
Robotic nephrectomy on the rise, but why?The advantages that robotic technologies bring to prostate procedures, partial nephrectomies, and other surgeries that can involve complex reconstruction are not readily apparent in simple extirpative surgeries such as radical nephrectomy. This raises two questions: Are robots being used in radical nephrectomies and if so, why?
Robotic partial nephrectomy: Renal function loss low in CKD patientsPatients with chronic kidney disease who undergo robot-assisted partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer have minimal loss of renal function—a smaller amount even than patients with normal kidney function, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, who say their study is the largest of its kind.
Death, incidence rates of prostate cancer, other GU cancers dropBoth the death rate and incidence rate for prostate cancer continues to decline, according to the latest round of statistics from leading U.S. cancer groups.
Agent shows promise in slowing papillary kidney cancerThe first phase II study to investigate the use of the targeted therapy everolimus (Afinitor) for the initial treatment of advanced papillary kidney cancer has shown that it is successful in slowing or preventing the spread of the disease.
Study may signify shift in RCC standard of careThe tyrosine kinase inhibitors pazopanib (Votrient) and sunitinib (Sutent) had similar benefits in delaying progression of advanced renal cell carcinoma, but the safety profile and many measures of quality of life favored pazopanib, according to data from a recently published multicenter study.
Best of AUA 2013: Kidney CancerAndrew Wagner, MD, presents the take home messages on kidney cancer from the AUA annual meeting in San Diego.