Feb 10, 2007 - 4:38 pm
Hello out there, I 28 yrs old and am new to this forum and new to the topic of cancer. My father was diagnosed with kidney cancer back in November and had a full nephroectomy (done laproscopically). At the time, they said it was the best possible situation...no spreading to any lymph nodes or anything. They said just follow up with the surgeon in 6 months. Now its 3 months later and based on some tests which came back abnormal(??) his doctor wants him to follow up with an oncologist and a nephrologist. Instead of a Stage 1 tumor, his doc said its Stage 1c which is similiar to Stage 3 tumor? Instead of a 15% chance of it spreading, now 50%. I wasnt with my dad when he went to his follow up visit and he doesnt always seem to get everything. Im in the process of trying to see if I can get him to let me go talk to his doctor because a lot of this doesnt make sense to me. Can anyone out there who has been through this help me a little? What are the usual tests after this procedure? What is the reality that in 3 yrs this will come back? I dont want to be dismal, but I also want to be realistic and be prepared for what we might be in for. Im scared.