March is 'Kidney Awareness Month'
Study questions kidney cancer treatment
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- Date Mar 10, 2013
Study questions kidney cancer treatment
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-- all right let's move on because marches kidney awareness month we want you know 26 million Americans have some form of kidney disease.
Many will never know it until it's progressed to a later stage and then so difficult to treat.
But there's a new study on kidney cancer that finds treatment might actually be worse than the actual disease.
Doctor -- again what to do well.
You know -- is a 100000 people waiting for kidney every year and that's the end of the spectrum people that.
Have got to the point where they have -- end stage kidney failure but for me as an intern is what I do is.
-- -- -- -- people come to my office I want them to get a urine analysis why.
Because by the time kidney function has deteriorated Jamie to the point where you can see it on a blood test a lot of the -- -- any effect in fact affected.
You've got to do with the -- now with the area and it's pretty sensitive that there is blood cells in the earned that aren't supposed to be there I might say so and the patient doctor somebody were urologist maybe there's a kidney -- maybe there's another problem like kidney cancer why -- -- -- -- -- If this protein in the urine that's a sign that there's a problem.
I -- a lot of diabetics and people with hypertension those make up the bulk of people.
With kidney problems if -- diabetic out there were you high blood pressure you've got to be thinking about your -- What can you do to prevent kidney disease from developing controlling blood pressure is number one controlling diabetes is number two.
Diet can play a role is some controversy on that but diet that's low in salt.
David talked about -- yesterday diets that are low in salt can help with a -- glowing protein may help.
Let me ask you this are just money -- I remember there were drugs like it's off the market right now but it was called -- It was anti inflammatory and those taking drugs like that could affect your kidney function many people suffered.
So when you go to the doctor -- it if it's undetectable many times.
What do you asked the doctor to make sure that all the medications you're taking your diet your history.
Is not going to cost a kidney.
That's a very good point because besides diabetes and high blood pressure medications is another risk factor and we've talked about -- to my decision.
And vancomycin Vioxx and this medication.
That was called an effort toxic meaning that are toxic to your kidneys so you wanna bring the list of all the medications that you doctors -- be aware.
Kidneys which this month -- is -- national kidney disease month.
Is doesn't get enough publicity the kidneys are these two -- that's it behind the body being you know -- they would play a very vital role of Jamie.
They regulate our blood pressures they are involved in the vitamin DM bone health.
They are involved in a red blood cell etc.
and then -- water and salt balance and they're very important.
And treating your blood pressure and controlling -- ideas are absolutely very important.
We talked about kidney cancer just briefly on that there's a study that came out there were operating a lot on these -- because there's a lot of them are small masses and they keep me that we can watch.
So all the -- seven year old comes in with a small mass -- rather watch that patient cannot operate if our younger we -- moving to.
What -- -- partial removal of the kidney and save as much of the kidney for -- great.
There's hope for Kerry -- prices thanks I'm -- sorry for -- soft.
-- don't is always good to know -- yes you can actually -- -- -- -- minimally invasive and that's a very good point nobody should remove the entire TV as much as you can hand.
And save as much of it.
To prevent dialysis -- transponder -- interest.
Things didn't know that yeah.