What is Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma?
Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma or PRCC is a type of cancer that is found in your kidneys, more specifically in the tubules of your kidneys. Your kidneys are located in your lower back, on either side of your spine, and help filter blood and remove waste.
Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma is more commonly referred to as Renal Cell cancer and is touted as the second most common form of kidney cancer. Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma develops in the lining of the kidney tubules, which are the small tubes that provide the filtering for your kidneys. Most kidney cancer is found before it metastasizes to other organs, meaning that it is caught before it has the chance to spread. For this reason, Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma is considered to be one of the more treatable types of cancer and has a high cure rate.
Warning Signs of Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma
Unfortunately, there are rarely any early warning signs of kidney cancer. Due to the fact that the symptoms of kidney cancer tend to mask themselves as being related to other conditions or diseases. In most cases of kidney cancer, the tumor has to grow to a rather large size to produce symptoms. The symptoms for Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma can include: seeing blood in your urine, loss of appetite, a lump in your side or abdomen, swelling in your legs or ankles, unexplained fever not related to a cold or other illness, pain in your side that doesn’t subside, anemia, unexplained weight loss and/or extreme fatigue.
As mentioned above, symptoms of PRCC can mimic other diseases and conditions. In fact, kidney tumors have been referred to on more than one occasion as “the internist’s tumor” because of its ability to produce symptoms that can suggest a score of other diseases not at all pertaining to cancer. But there are a number of tests that can be performed to determine what may be causing them. However, having these symptoms doesn’t mean necessity mean you have kidney cancer. If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, then be sure to contact your doctor for further testing.
In a perfect world, there would be no cancer and in turn, no need for being aware of cancer symptoms. Our world, however, is far from perfect and so keeping ourselves educated on this subject is vital. In fact, it can even be lifesaving. While there are no “early” warning signs to suggest you may have kidney cancer, there are a multitude of signs that will alert you that there is an issue. Luckily, the tests and treatments available combined with your own knowledge still qualify Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma as a highly treatable disease. The best thing that you can do is to educate yourself on what the signs and symptoms of Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma are and pay attention to your body and what it is telling you. And remember always to consult with your physician.