Kidney cancer is a disease in which cancer cells develop in the kidney and may spread to other organs. There are three types of kidney cancers: renal cell carcinoma; Wilm’s tumor, a fast growing tumor that affects children under the age of five; and transitional cell carcinoma, which occurs in the urine collecting region of the kidney.
Causes of kidney cancer
Kidney cancer, like all cancers, can be inherited or environmental. Inherited means that certain muted genes that cause kidney cancer are passed down from generation to generation. Inherited cancers are also known as familial cancers, because they run in families.
Very small percentage of of kidney cancers are familial, with rest believed to be sporadic. Sporadic refers to cancers that develop in an unpredictable manner in patients with no family history of kidney cancer.
Familial kidney cancer tends to develop early in life and these patients tend to develop multiple tumors in the kidneys. They can also develop tumors in other areas of the body, including the brain, spinal cord, and pancreas. Familial kidney cancer patients usually have relatives with a history of kidney cancer, and this is often one of the major clues to this diagnosis.
If the cancer is environmental it means that there has been exposure to carcinogens (agents which causes cancer) from, for example, smoking, the workplace, or from one’s diet. Carcinogens do their damage by mutating genes. If the gene that is mutated is in the kidney and is important for controlling cell growth, the kidney cell can then divide in an uncontrolled manner. This often occurs in a haphazard manner, and additional mutations can then be generated.
Eventually the tumor cells may become malignant and begin to divide uncontrollably.
Of all the potential carcinogens, the one that is best proven is tobacco use, which increases the risk of developing kidney cancer.
Various chemicals that are used in certain industries, such as aromatic hydrocarbons, have also been suspected to cause kidney cancer.
Other factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, dialysis radiation may play an important role.
Symptoms of kidney cancer
- Symptoms of kidney cancer mainly include:
- Haematuria or bloody urine
- Lump in the region of kidney
- Blood clots in bladder
- Persistent raised temperature
- Pain in the sides or back
- Weight loss
Diagnosis of kidney cancer
Diagnostic tests for kidney cancer mainly include:
- Blood test
- Urine test
- Intravenous pyelogram
- Ultrasound scan
- CT scan
- CT guided biopsy
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Homeopathic treatment for kidney cancer symptoms
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat kidney cancer symptoms but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat kidney cancer symptoms that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of kidney cancer symptoms:
Apis Mel, Berberis Vulgaris, Cantharis, Lycopodium, Natrum Mur, Phosphorous, Arsenic Album, Belladonna, Mercurius, Urtica U, Rhus Tox, Causticum, and many other medicines.