There are two major kinds of kidney cancer: Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) and Urothelial Cell Carcinoma (UCC). The recommended treatment for kidney cancer will deal with both kinds of cells, but RCC is the better-known type of kidney cancer. In fact, RCC is responsible for about 80 percent of all kidney cancers. UCC covers most of the other kidney cancers, but some kidney cancers are even squamous cell carcinomas, as just one example.
The most common type of cancer in the kidneys is renal cell carcinoma which starts in the area of the kidney where urine is created.
Kidneys are part of the urinary tract system. The function of the kidneys is to filter waste from the blood and make urine which is then passed into the bladder and out of the body. Along with their primary function, kidneys also account for hormones that control blood pressure and create red blood cells in bone marrow.
Causes & Symptoms of Renal Cell Carcinoma
Known risk factors for Renal Cell Carcinoma cancer includes:
• family history / genetic inheritance
• misuse of certain pain medications for extended periods of time
• high blood pressure
• end-stage kidney disease
• being exposed to trichloroethylene
Other possible risk factors include:
• radiation exposure
• being exposed to certain chemicals
• history of thyroid cancer
Kidney cancer in the earlier stages may not express any symptoms. Kidneys offer tumors a lot of room to grow before they become troublesome to surrounding tissue. Some kidney tumors can be benign. The symptoms of renal cell carcinoma can mimic those for other conditions so it is important to see your physician for a proper diagnosis.
Symptoms of Renal Cell Carcinoma include:
• blood in urine
• pain in mid-back and/or side of the abdomen
• a palpable lump in the abdomen
• edema in the lower extremities
• weight loss
Who Gets Renal Cell Carcinoma
Men are more likely to develop renal cell carcinoma than women. The risk of renal cell carcinoma rises with age with most cases being diagnosed in people over the age of 50.
Prognosis if You Have Renal Cell Carcinoma
Survival rates vary based on the state of cancer. Generally, the earlier the renal cell carcinoma is found, the better the prognosis.
• Stage I – 90-100 percent
• Stage II – 65-75 percent
• Stage III – 40-70 percent
• Stage IV – 10-40 percent
Protocols: How to Treat Renal Cell Carcinoma
The Cellect Budwig Protocol along with the High RF Frequency Protocol is recommended for renal cell carcinoma as they work synergistically. However, being a good detox protocol actually places a burden on the liver (which cannot be avoided if you want to detox the liver), thus it is critical to use a Liver Flush to help flush the toxins from the liver. It is also highly recommended that Fucoidan is added as an integrative treatment.
WARNING: For cases where kidney tumors may cause blockages in the urinary tract see: Dangerous Tumors
Conventional medicine’s main types of treatment for Renal Cell Carcinoma include:
• Radiation therapy
• Biologic therapy
• Targeted therapy
• Palliative therapy
How to Prevent Renal Cell Carcinoma
There are lifestyle decisions you can make to lower the risk of developing kidney cancer, including maintaining a healthy weight by being active and eating a healthy diet: vegetables; fruits; whole-grain bread, pasta, and cereals; fish; poultry; and beans. Also, you should limit processed meat and red meat. Work on keeping your blood pressure under control. Avoid exposure to certain industrial chemicals including trichloroethylene and radiation.
The immune system contains many different types of “cells,” however, only a handful of these white blood cells actually kill cancer cells. It should be the intent of a person with cancer to focus on treatments that quickly increase the count of the cancer-killing white blood cells.
The second thing to note is that building the immune system is sometimes not the highest priority of those with cancer. People with only a few months to live should definitely take immune system building products — and focus more on the nutrients, foods and products that kill cancer cells directly, such as the Grape Cure, Noni Juice, Essiac Tea, etc. or revert the cancer cells into normal cells.
With rare exceptions, it is highly advisable to use natural substances to deal with the immune system to treat cancer, no matter what stage the cancer patient is in.
Immune System Health
A healthy immune system remains your body's best defense. Not only is a weak immune system a major reason patients have cancer — and cancer itself can further weaken the immune system.
Beta glucans help regulate the immune system, making it more efficient. In addition, beta glucans stimulate white blood cells (lymphocytes) that bind to tumors or viruses and release chemicals to destroy it.
Beta Glucan has been approved in Japan, Australia, South Korea, and Taiwan as an immunoadjuvant therapy for cancer. In fact, helping with cancer is just the beginning with Beta Glucan. There have thousands of studies showing the product can protect against infections, lower your cholesterol, lower blood sugar, reduce stress, increase your antibody production, heal wounds, help radiation burns, overcome mercury-induced immunosuppression (like Thimerosal, used as a preservative in vaccines), help with diabetes, and even naturally prevent metastasis (or the spreading of your cancer).
Harvard Medical School suggests following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward keeping your immune system strong and healthy:
• Don't smoke.
• Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat.
• Exercise regularly.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Control your blood pressure.
• If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
• Get adequate sleep.
• Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
• Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.
More Information: Building the Immune System
Your diet plays a role in a healthy immune system. The top vitamins your immune system needs to perform include:
• Vitamin C — helps to repair and regenerate tissues and aids in the absorption of iron
• Vitamin E — a powerful antioxidant that helps your body fight off infection
• Vitamin B6 — supports adrenal function and is necessary for key metabolic processes
• Vitamin A — aids immune function and helps provide a barrier against infections
• Vitamin D — modulates cell growth, promotes neuromuscular and immune function, and reduces inflammation
• Folate — key in development of red blood cells (a lack of Folate can make the body susceptible to cancer)
• Iron — helps your body carry oxygen to cells
• Selenium — slows the body's overactive responses to certain aggressive forms of cancer
• Zinc — slows the immune response and control inflammation in your body
Sources: American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research UK, Canadian Cancer Society