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Forum Name: Renal Failure

Question: dialysis vs. kidney

 john colton - Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:35 pm

I am 75. male. I just had one kidney removed because of cancer. I have a cancerous tumor at the renal pelvis of the other one. I'm comparing going on dialysis to keeping my kidney and treating it with chemotherapy. Would dialysis shorten my life span compared to having a fully functioning kidney?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Fri Dec 15, 2006 3:56 pm

User avatar Hello,

Since complete resection is the only known cure for renal cell carcinoma, radical nephrectomy is the established therapy for localized renal cell carcinoma.

Partial nephrectomy is considered in patients in whom a radical nephrectomy would result in permanent dialysis.

The 5 years survival can reach 80% in completely resected T1,T2 disease.

Dialysis patients, who follow the prescribed schedule of dialysis treatments,experience a good quality of life.

The exact life expectancy for patient in dialysis is difficult to be defined but some studies showed that patients on dialysis had an average life expectancy of 5.84 years.

Hope you find this useful.
Best regards.

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