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Genetics of Kidney Cancer (Renal Cell Cancer) (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 02/14/2014

Changes to This Summary (02/14/2014)

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Updated statistics with estimated new cases and deaths for 2014 (cited American Cancer Society as reference 1).

Major Heritable Renal Cell Cancer Syndromes

Added text to state that although associated with increased complications, repeat and salvage partial nephrectomy can enable patients to maintain excellent renal functional outcomes and promising oncologic outcomes at intermediate follow-up; this challenging approach is generally executed at centers with significant experience in minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical techniques (cited Shuch et al. as reference 58).

Added VHL in pregnancy as a new subsection.

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