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Urinary Tract Cancers

Family history/ kidney cancer

06/10/2008

Question:

My sister aged 7 died 1961 of kidney cancer. Doctors believe she was born with it. However my 20yr daughter has had a lot of blood in her urine. She has been to the doctor and prescribed strong antibiotics (government permission). She is going for an ultra sound in 2 days. My concern is of family history. Her symptoms weight loss tiredness back pain blood in urine and pain when passing urine.

Answer:

Your concern of a possible cancer is warranted. She should get a CT of her abdomen/pelvis and then, if that is normal, a cystoscopy where they look into the bladder with a scope. If the look into the bladder is normal then she needs to seen by a nephrologists (kidney doctor) for possible kidney disease.

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Response by:

Thomas  Olencki, DO Thomas Olencki, DO
Clinical Professor of Medical Oncology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University