Below is a list of basic information about kidney cancer and the topics covered in this book, available at the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center.
Part 1: The Basics
What is kidney cancer?
Where are the kidneys located in the body?
What do the kidneys normally do?
Part 2: Causes and Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer
How common is kidney cancer?
Are there different types of kidney cancer?
What causes kidney cancer?
Part 3: Presentation and Evaluation
What are the typical signs and symptoms of kidney cancer?
What is hematuria?
What kind of doctor should I be seeing?
Part 4: Staging of Renal Cell Carcinoma
How is kidney cancer staged?
What does tumor grade mean?
What is tumor thrombus?
Part 5: Treatment: Localized Disease
How is kidney cancer treated?
What are the treatment options for localized (stage I-II) tumors
What is the prognosis for patients with localized kidney tumors?
Part 6: Treatment: Locally advanced disease
What is the treatment for locally advanced (stage III) kidney cancer?
How is the tumor thrombus removed?
What if the tumor thrombus goes into the heart?
Part 7:Treatment: Metastatic Disease
What are the treatment options for metastatic kidney cancer (stage IV)?
What is the prognosis for patients with metastatic kidney cancer?
Should I have debulking nephrectomy?
Part 8: Immunotherapy
What is Immunotherapy?
What is immunogenicity? How do we know if kidney cancer is immunogenic?
What are checkpoint control inhibitors?
Part 9: Targeted Molecular Therapy
What is targeted molecular therapy?
How does Avastin work?
How do Nexavar, Sutent, Votrient, and Inlyta work?
How do MTOR inhibitors work?
Part 10: Clinical Trials
What is a clinical trial?
What is informed consent?
How do I know that someone is making sure that the clinical trials are being conducted in a safe and ethical manner?