How should patients with a family history of genetic syndromes for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) be counseled?

Updated: May 21, 2019
  • Author: Kush Sachdeva, MD; Chief Editor: E Jason Abel, MD  more...
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Patients with a family history of genetic syndromes associated with increased risk for renal cell carcinoma should be educated about these syndromes, and genetic counseling should be offered to the patients and family members. For example, renal cell carcinoma develops in nearly 40% of patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease and is a major cause of death in patients with that disorder/


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