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Kidney cancer includes renal cell carcinoma (cancer that forms in the lining of very small tubes in the kidney that filter the blood and remove waste products) and renal pelvis carcinoma (cancer that forms in the center of the kidney where urine collects). It also includes
.Wilms tumor, which is a type of kidney cancer that usually develops in children under the age of 5.
Source: National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health. www.cancer.gov
Several types of cancer can start in the kidney. The most common type of kidney cancer in adults is renal cell cancer. This type is sometimes called renal adenocarcinoma or hypernephroma. Another type of cancer, transitional cell carcinoma, affects the renal pelvis. It is similar to bladder cancer and is often treated like bladder cancer. Wilms' tumor is the most common type of childhood kidney cancer. It is different from adult kidney cancer and requires different treatment.
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