Feb 02, 2006 - 9:07 pm
I just lost my 43 yr. old sister to pancreatic cancer last Sept. On 12/9/05 I had CT scan revealing a 2.5cm tumor in my right kidney...BAM!there it is...just 3 months after losing my sister, I know face cancer myself.
Nothing was found anywhere else after chest x-ray, bonescan, urine cytology, & CT of pelvis & abdomen. Scheduled for surgery 3/2/06...seems a long wait. I'm having a total nephrectomy via laparocopic surgery by a specialist in Seattle but I'm worried after reading other's comments that you should go to Cleveland for the lap-surgery. My doc is the most experienced on west coast but it still scares me.
He offered to try for partial neph but my tumor is very central in the kidney & would be difficult so I'm going to have the whole kidney removed. He says he'll leave the adrenal gland though. Is that advisable?
I never realized that a rib removal was something to worry about - is that only with open neph? How soon after surgery is typical for follow ups? My doc said 1 week & then not again until 6 months. Then 1x per year after that. Only plans blood work & alternating CT's with Ultrasounds to minimize radiation from CT's.