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Knowing the subtype of RCC can be a factor in deciding treatment and can also help your doctor determine if your cancer might be due to an inherited genetic syndrome. for more information about inherited kidney cancer syndromes.
Clear cell renal cell carcinoma: this is the most common form of renal cell carcinoma.
Chromophobe renal cell carcinoma: this subtype accounts for about 5% (5 cases in 100) of RCCs.
The cells of these cancers are also pale, like the clear cells, but are much larger and have certain other features that can be recognized when looked at with a microscope .
About 9 out of 10 kidney cancers are renal cell carcinomas.
Kidney cancer is a cancer that starts in the kidneys.
Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control.
For more information about transitional cell carcinoma, see Bladder Cancer.
Wilms tumor (nephroblastoma): Wilms tumors almost always occur in children. To learn more about this type of cancer, see Wilms Tumor.