Dr. William G. Kaelin, Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Dr. Gregg L. Semenza won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work related to a genetic condition called von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL). VHL is a hereditary cancer syndrome that is associated with an increased risk for cancerous and benign tumors in…

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Photo Credit:  Urology Care Foundation Updated: March 5, 2019 In Part 1 of this series on hereditary kidney cancer, we introduced red flags that increase the likelihood of a hereditary predisposition to kidney cancer.  In this post, we review six hereditary cancer syndromes that increase the risk to develop kidney cancer. Hereditary Cancer Syndromes that…

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Photo credit to MLobliner  via Flickr Pheochromocytomas are rare nervous system tumors that are usually benign and develop in the small glands that sit on top of the kidneys, called the adrenal glands.  Everyone has two adrenal glands that produce hormones that travel throughout the body to give instructions to other organs and tissues.  Tumors…

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