Sep 28, 2003 - 6:07 pm
My father was diagnosed with a tumor in his chest area two weeks ago. On Monday of last week, his heart surgeon (he had 5 by-passes 2 years ago)removed a large lemon-sized tumor from his chest cavity. It was malignant & free floating. It had even started eating at his ribs & three were removed. The tumor was attached to nothing.
The next day, he had an abdomen CT scan & it showed a large 10cm tumor on his right kidney with a questionable mass on the adrenal gland. He is scheduled for removal of these & the surrounding tissue next week.
The doctors believe that this is the primary site of the chest tumor based on "weird" pathology findings. His brain scan, chest scan, & all other nodes, nodules, etc. have come back clear. He has had no bleeding, abdominal pain or kidney problems.
Can anyone help me with stories of similar circumstances? What should I expect? The doctors stated that this is a slow-growing tumor which is good because additional sites can be caught quicker but everything I've read about renal cancer is horrible. I want to be able to give him some hope.