Dec 02, 2005 - 12:54 pm
My 74yo father has just undergone testing for lung cancer (blood test, sputum cytology, bronchoscopy w/biopsy, ct scan) due to an abnormal chest x-ray which resulted from a chronic cough (he has previously suffered from TB, many years ago btw). He was called in to the hospital today to meet with his consultant.
The bronchoscopy and sputum cytology show nothing except for 2 infections (although we have to wait about another 4 weeks for the TB results). However, the CT scan showed a large tumour in one of his kidneys.
This has blown us all out of the water as we were preparing for the worst news regarding lung cancer, and it turns out that he has kidney cancer which is totally unexpected.
He has to go back on this coming Tuesday when his new urologist plus other consultants (he is in the UK btw) hold a meeting to discuss his case in detail and decide the best course of action. Right now, they are talking about removing the kidney followed with a course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
At this time, they don't know if the spot on the lung is a spread of the kidney cancer or whether it is something different. Right now, the doctors seem to be much more focused on the kidney than the lung.
The doctor told my Sister who was with them (I am about 6000 miles away) that, at the moment, they are thinking they are going to be very aggressive with treating this. My Dad, although elderly and not in the best of health, is really brave with a very positive attitude and is ready to battle this.
I am frantic. Is there hope even if the spot on the lung does turn out to be secondary cancer ?