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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
An MRI is a procedure that uses a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to make a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body. This procedure is also called nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI).
 
Chest X-ray
A chest x-ray is an x-ray of the organs and bones inside the chest. An x-ray is a type of energy beam that can go through the body and onto film, making a picture of areas inside the body.
 
Bone Scan
A bone scan is a procedure that is used to check if there are rapidly dividing cells, such as cancer cells, in the bone. A very small amount of radioactive material is injected into a vein that travels through the bloodstream. The radioactive material collects in the bones and is detected by a scanner.
 

Specific Kidney Cancer Stages

Specific stages of kidney cancer include:
 
  • Stage I
  • Stage II
  • Stage III
  • Stage IV
  • Recurrent.
 
Stage I
In stage I, the tumor is 7 centimeters or smaller and is found only in the kidney.
 
Stage II
In stage II kidney cancer, the tumor is larger than 7 centimeters and is found only in the kidney.
 
Stage III
In stage III kidney cancer, cancer is found:
 
  • In the kidney and in one nearby lymph node.
  • In an adrenal gland or in the layer of fatty tissue around the kidney. The cancer may also be found in one nearby lymph node.
  • In the main blood vessels of the kidney and may be found in one nearby lymph node.
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