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Treatment for childhood cancer sometimes requires the removal of one kidney. You can live a normal life with one kidney, as long as it remains healthy. Here's what you need to know to assess your risk for problems with your single kidney and to help keep it as healthy as possible.
These treatments for childhood cancer can cause kidney problems in your remaining kidney:
Other factors that can increase your risk for kidney problems include:
If you are at risk for kidney problems, see the related Health Link: "Kidney Health after Childhood Cancer."
Childhood cancer survivors should have medical check-ups at least yearly that include a blood pressure check and urinalysis.
In addition, at your first long-term follow-up visit (but at least two years from your last cancer treatment), you should have a blood test to assess your kidney function and electrolytes. If you have low levels of blood salts and minerals you may need to take prescription supplements to avoid long-term health problems, such as heart problems.
If you have high blood pressure, protein in the urine, or other signs of worsening kidney problems, you should see a kidney specialist (nephrologist).
Follow these tips to help keep your kidney healthy:
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