Dec 23, 2003 - 3:50 pm
My husband had radical neph 2 weeks ago for 12 cm mass on his left kidney. RCC, clear cell,stage 2, grade 2, no lymph node involvement. Cancer was confined to the renal capsule. Vena cava not involved - no thrombosis. SO, I guess if he was going ot have a tumor this big, so far the test results are encouraging. He is a strong, positive person. I am a mess. I would love to hear stories of others who have survived this cancer long term. WE have three teen daughters, we have been together since we were 17 - we are now 40. I am a worrier. The doc (Sloan Kettering) has told us 70% chance of cure with this surgery. Not to worry - pretend it never happened. Scans and chest xrays every 3 months for a while, then 6 , then 9, etc. I guess I am looking for hope - when I should already be counting the blessings we have already recieved.