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Kidney condition adds morbidity in cervical cancer

from Cancer Network

Hydronephrosis is associated with substantial morbidity in patients with cervical cancer, and is potentially associated with poorer survival as well, according to a new study published in Supportive Care in Cancer. Hydronephrosis, essentially a swelling of the kidney, develops when a blockage in the renal collecting system results in distention of renal calyces. “Women with cervical cancer often develop this complication as a result of tumor or lymph node encroachment, inflammation, or scarring at the pelvic rim,” wrote study authors led by Aminah Jatoi, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Stent placement or urinary diversion procedures are often used as treatment for the complication. more

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