Feb 05, 2008 - 5:52 pm
Greetings - been a bit of a lurker but do want to post. As an otherwise healthy 53 year old guy, I had a Stage I tumor discoverd by accident (3.5 cm) in my left kidney when getting a sonogram for my gall bladder. My left kidney was removed at Georgetown University Hospital in DC and was told by more than one specialist including the surgeon as well as an oncologist and my family doctor that because it was found so early and sequestered, the nephrectomy alone is curative and there is a negligible chance of anything recurring and not to worry. It has been a year and a half and have had 6 mos and one year MRI's and all have been clear. I do in fact consider myself lucky and blessed and not worrying now and exercising and doing everything right. I also see a nephrologist every couple of months since my creatinine has been slightly elevated (1.5) due to an apparant slight inability for the remaining kidney to pick up the slack. Otherwise I am feeling great. A couple of questions I have is 1) has anyone else had the higher creatinine? 2) Anyone else out there have to avoid CT contrast since the contrast agent is stressful to the kidney (I have MRI contrast for that reason) And 2), I admit that after I read some account of others in this discussion group having spreading from Cat I, I get concerned again. Any others out there who are in a similar situation? Should I be doing anything more in terms of follow-up examinations and treatment?