Biomarkers in urine may help detect kidney cancer early, study finds

March 19, 2015 3:00 PM

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Biomarkers in urine may help detect kidney cancer early, study finds

More than 80 percent of patients whose kidney cancer isn’t discovered until after it has spread will die within five years, and current tests for the disease are dependent on whether a patient has started showing symptoms. But a study published Thursday in the journal JAMA Oncology shows that measuring protein levels in urine may help doctors identify the disease early.

“By and large, patients don’t know they have kidney cancer until they get symptoms, such a blood in the urine, a lump or pain in the side or the abdomen, swelling in the ankles or extreme fatigue. And by then, it’s often too late for a cure,” principal investigator Jeremiah J. Morrissey, an anesthes...

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