Is stage 3 kidney cancer serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Stage 3 kidney cancer is the third stage of development of the cancer, so it&apos:s rather serious. In stage 3 kidney cancer, the tumor on the kidney may be any size, often over 7 centimeters. At this stage, the cancer has started to spread to other parts of the body. Generally, the first areas outside the kidney that are affected are nearby lymph nodes and the major veins connected to the kidneys. This means that treatment for stage 3 kidney cancer is a bit more complex since it has to address cancer that&apos:s not contained within the kidney. The five-year survival rate for stage 3 cancer (meaning the percentage of people who, after treatment, will live at least five years following diagnosis) is about 53%.

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