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Kidney cancer

CT scan showing large kidney cancer (arrowed) destroying the kidney
CT scan showing large kidney cancer (arrowed) destroying the kidney

The usual type of kidney (renal) cancer is a carcinoma. The commonest type is the clear cell type and this is the one associated with VHL gene mutations. However, a significant minority of cancers are of the papillary type and another subset arises, not from the parenchymal kidney, but from the pelvis; these usually being of transitional cell histology. 

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