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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.

Will PKD Turn to Kidney Cancer

2013-05-30 16:34

Will PKD Turn to Kidney CancerMy mother is 56 years old and has Polycystic Kidney Disease. Recently, the doctor tells us her PKD may turn to kidney cancer based on her test result. We are scared to death and can’t believe it. Will PKD turn to kidney cancer commonly?

At present, Polycystic Kidney Disease affects many people’ health. In the United States, about 600,000 people have PKD which has been the fourth leading cause of kidney failure. According to different inherited factors, medical professionals divide PKD into three forms: autosomal dominant PKD (ADPKD), autosomal recessive PKD (ARPKD) and acquired cystic kidney disease (ACKD).

Among these three types of Polycystic Kidney Disease, ACKD has a relatively higher risk to develop kidney cancer. Different from the first two types, ACKD is inherited and usually develops in associated with long-term kidney problems, especially in patients who have kidney failure or who have been on dialysis for a long time. Hence, ACKD tends to occur in later years of life.

From the above analysis, we can know even though PKD is benign and develops slowly, it is still possible to develop kidney cancer. To prevent patients’ condition from deteriorating into kidney cancer, they should pay attention to the following tips:

● Stop smoking: It is reported that kidney cancer has a close link with smoking, so quiting smoking can reduce the incidence of kidney cancer largely.

● Drink enough water: Pure water is the most natural “drug” to reduce toxin concentration in the body so as to prevent kidney cancer.

● Develop a healthy diet: Eat more vegetables and fruits but lowering the intake of dairy products, animal protein, fat, coffee, etc, is the general requirement. Many other changes in patients’ diet should depend on their specific condition.

Besides these lifestyle and diet changes, some medical condition control is more important.

● Lower high blood pressure timely

● Shrink kidney cysts effectively

● Try to improve the kidney function

To achieve these three goals, different treatments are helpful. If you are at the risk of kidney cancer due to your PKD, you had better describe your illness for the online kidney experts so that they can help you develop a detailed treatment plan both medical and dietary.

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