Posted by on March 19, 2019

What is Kidney Failure or Kidney Cancer (Renal)?

Kidney failure or the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is the last stage of chronic kidney disease in which kidneys stop functioning completely and a person needs either on-going dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. In the case of kidney failure or kidney cancer, the Glomerular Filtration Rate( GFR) of a kidney drops below 15 and the kidney loses its ability to filter waste from blood sufficiently.

Acute kidney cancer occurs when a person’s kidneys suddenly become unable to filter waste products from their blood. If a person’s kidneys are unable to filter waste then dangerous levels of waste may accumulate in their body which may affect blood’s chemical balance. Kidney failure develops in people rapidly, usually in a few days time, and it mostly affects people who are already diagnosed with some other major disease such as diabetes, heart problem, lupus, and many more.

Symptoms

Symptoms of kidney failure begin so slowly that most people miss them. Some of the most common symptoms of slow kidney failure are itching, muscle cramps, loss of appetite, vomiting or nausea, swelling in feet or ankles, shortness of breath, sleeplessness, and decreased urine output. Furthermore, if a person’s kidneys cease to work suddenly then the symptoms are abdominal pain, back pain, diarrhea, nosebleeds, fever, rash, and vomiting.

Therefore, if a person’s notices any of these symptoms present in their body then they should consult a doctor and get Glomerular Filtration Rate( GFR) test done to diagnose the correct stage of their disease. For more information about various stages of chronic kidney disease, please check- (Insert March blog-3 link here)

Causes

In most cases, kidney cancer or renal cancer is caused by some other major disease a person is already suffering from, and that other disease has done permanent damage to the kidneys little by little, over time. When a person’s kidneys stop working properly it is called chronic kidney disease. Kidney failure is the 5th and last stage of chronic kidney disease which is why it is also called end-stage renal disease( ESRD). One of the most common causes of ESRD is diabetes, and high blood pressure is the second most common cause of ESRD. Some of the other major disease that may cause renal cancer are lupus, IgA nephropathy, nephrotic syndrome, urinary tract problems, and genetic diseases such as polycystic kidney disease.

Sometimes the kidneys stop working suddenly or with 1-2 days notice. This type of kidney failure is called acute kidney failure. Some of the common causes of acute kidney failure are drug abuse, heart attack, and urinary tract problems.

Treatment

When a person has kidney failure, their kidneys stop functioning which builds waste and excessive fluid in their body. To replace the lost kidney function, people have multiple treatment options such as-

  • Hemodialysis

A hemodialysis is a treatment option that helps remove the waste and excess fluid from the body. It is also referred to as an artificial kidney. It also helps control the blood pressure and balance important minerals in the blood. Hemodialysis helps a person live a longer and happier life, but it is not a permanent cure for kidney failure.

  • Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis works just like a healthy kidney and helps clear waste and extra fluid from the body. In this form of dialysis, the lining of the abdomen or belly is used to filter the blood. A catheter is placed inside the abdomen lining (peritoneum) and using the catheter a dialysis solution is placed inside your abdomen which absorbs all waste and extra fluid, and after few hours the solution is removed from the body. This process needs to be repeated every few hours.

  • Kidney Transplant

In some cases, people prefer to get a kidney transplant in which a healthy kidney(from a donor) is placed inside their body. That one kidney does the work of two and helps the body function properly.

There are some people who do not prefer to go through any of the aforementioned treatment options. For them, there are various medication as well as naturopathy options available. Curing kidney disease through Naturopathy is the natural way of taking care of the problem of kidney failure. There are various dietary plans, exercises, yoga, meditation, therapies, panchakarma, and massages available in Naturopathy and Ayurveda that might help to deal with renal cancer.

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