Aug 29, 2005 - 12:16 am
I do not know where to begin. I was diagnosed in July 2005 with renalcell carcinoma (cancerous tumor in my kidney). I was told that I had to have a partial nephrectomy. I had my surgery 8/24 and my Doctor ended up taking my whole kidney. He said that the "tumor was occluding (cutting off) the the blood supply to the rest of my kidney so he had to take it all." They told me it would take a day or 2 for the pathology report which would verify it as cancer and the degree (even though we knew it was stage one). On Friday I asked if the path report was back yet and was told no. On Saturday my doctor came into my room and told me he had 2 things that he needed to discuss with me. The first one was that there was no sign of cancer in my kidney! I was soooo happy... just taking the big "C" out of the equation was all that I needed to hear but then my Doctor advised me he had more. He then proceeded to tell me that He had removed a perfectly healthy kidney. I had no tumor, I had no signs of infection, no scare tissue.... nothing. He said he had spent all day on Friday reviewing my chart with other Doctors and he did not know how this happened or where the tumor went because there was a visable tumor on all of my films (MRI, CT, CT w/contrast, ultrasound). At the time that he told me that I was just happy that he was not telling me that there was something else wrong with me. But this is now the 2nd day since I heard all of this and I am thinking a little more clearly so now I have questions. How could he have told me and my family the day of surgery that he had to take the whole kidney because of the tumor being in my blood supply when there was no tumor? I am confused. I know that I was in alot of prayers and if God had taken my tumor (if there actually was one there), why didn't the Doctor notice that there was not a tumor there? The Doctor told my family after my surgery he saw the tumor.... How is that? If you were in my shoes how would you be feeling right now? I have mixed emotions... I am thankful that there wasn't a cancerous tumor but yet I am a little upset that I lost a whole kidney when I initially went in to have only a partial kidney removal. And then to find out that I didn't need even a part of my kidney removed it is just causing me mixed feelings. Please don't get me wrong...AGAIN I am very thankful for no kidney cancer... but now I have no kidney. Do you think my Doctor was a little negligent?