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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Does Chemo Attack Kidney Cyst

2014-07-14 01:58

Does Chemo Attack Kidney CystChemo, also called chemotherapy, is a kind of treatment for cancers using chemically synthetic drugs. It indeed make a great difference on treating cancers, but its sides effects are also well-known.Chemo can affect the liver significantly and also the kidneys both of which filter toxins out of the blood. Therefore, kidney cyst is inevitably affected by chemo.

How does chemo affect kidney cyst?

Chemo does not affect kidney cyst directly. As mentioned above, chemo will cause kidney damage. Well then, how does it happen? Patients who are treated by chemo have to take various chemical drugs like cisplatin, cyclophosphamide, streptozocin, etc, which have a large potential of causing toxins or wastes for kidneys. Therefore, the kidneys have an overload work to discharge excessive wastes and toxins. For patients with kidney cyst, their kidneys are burdened so they will suffer further damage of the kidneys. As a result, the kidney cyst is likely to grow or get infected.

What the effects of chemo on kidneys?

Creatinine level in the blood is a good indicator of kidney function.

Having said that, there are certain levels of renal impairment at which point one does not do chemo at all. The information you need is what exactly the kidney function is. The important lab test to know is the level of creatinine . Normally, a creatinine level under 1mg/ml is normal, 1-2mg/ml is mildly impaired and at a creatinine of 3mg/ml, chemo should not be given. If a creatinine level is above 5-8mg/ml, dialysis is required.

What can I do if chemo affects my kidneys?

In order to decrease the affects you must make sure you drinks a lot of water during the treatment and as soon as you feel able to you should drink water with lemon in it and also water with very diluted cherry juice. These things flush the kidneys and help them to function better.

Last but not the least, you should make a regular test to ensure your kidney cyst has not enlarged. If the cyst is too large, treatment to shrink the cyst is needed immediately. For that purpose, you can consult our experts online. We will provide you some suggestions. Best of luck with the treatment!

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