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9 Symptoms Of Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer is a form of cancer that originates from your kidneys. About the size of a human fist and shaped like kidney beans, these organs filter the blood and detoxify your body. In most of the adults, renal cell carcinoma is the most common form of Kidney cancer. In younger patients, Wilms' tumor ( a form of Kidney tumor) is quite common.

With the increased implementation of advanced imaging techniques like Computerized Tomography (CT) scans in the past few years, more and more cases of kidney cancer are being detected all across the world. An early detection of cancer via checking these 9 symptoms of Kidney cancer could help in arresting the further development of this disease in the body.

Causes of Kidney Cancer

It still remain unclear as to why and what causes kidney cancer. As is the case with the other forms of cancer, cells mutate abnormally in kidneys, which in turn, progresses into kidney cancer. A cell’s DNA is the chief instructor when it comes to commanding the cell about its day-to-day functioning. A disproportionately rising number of abnormal cells starts to negatively impact the normal functioning of a kidney, resulting in Kidney cancer. In some cases, the mutated cells metastasize (break off and spread to other parts of the body) and the carcinogenic cells start to invade the other parts of the body leading to further complications in patients.

Symptoms of Kidney Cancer

Some of the most common symptoms of Kidney cancer are:

  1. Presence of  blood in the urine
  2. Patients complain about a persistent pain or a mild pressure in the side or at the back of the body (where kidneys are located)
  3. You could also feel a lumpy sensation or presence of a mass in the side or at the back of the body.     
  4. Swelling in legs and ankles.
  5. High blood-pressure and Anemia
  6. Constant fatigue and a loss of appetite
  7. Weight loss without any corresponding reason
  8. Presence of a recurrent fever ( not from cold, flu, viral fever or any other medical reasons)
  9. In men, varicocele ( an enlarged development of cluster of veins in the testicles, particularly in the right one) may also indicate the presence of a large tumor in kidneys.

Ayurveda for Kidney Cancer

With its rich heritage and a long history, Ayurveda has few effective techniques that could lend a helping hand in treating Kidney cancer in its early stages. An ayurvedic approach can include the following techniques:

Herbs like Ashwagandha, Phyllanthus emblica (Amla) , Turmeric etc. have the inherent properties of strengthening the body’s immunity, which indirectly may aid in preventing Kidney cancer. Amalaki, especially, can hold the activity of liver enzymes and boost them. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, reducing the oxidative stress build-up in the body cells and contributing positively to the immunity of the body.

  • Specific diets suited to Kidney cancer patients’ needs
  • Ayurvedic Massage
  • Certain practices like Yoga, Breathing, Relaxation exercises, Seasonal detoxification etc.
  • Bowel cleansing

Conclusion

Kidney cancer is rapidly spreading its fangs all over the world. Its better that you take preventive measures to nip this beast in the bud itself. While Ayurveda does not guarantee a fool-proof treatment of this disease (especially in the advanced stages), it can surely play a supplementary role in treating Kidney cancer in the early stages and alleviate some of its symptoms.

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