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gold standard -remove all kidney or parial?

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Joined: Mar 2008

I went with a partial (6.6 cm. right kidney stage I, grade 2 clear cell carcinoma) Went to Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dr. Coleman advices partial, due to a 22% occurance of kidney failure down the road.All margins clear, 9 weeks into recovery, no chemo needed. Other drs. wanted to remove the entire kidney. Hope I made the right choice.

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Joined: Mar 2008

I would have went with a partial if I had the choice; I'm 5 weeks into recovery, no chemo/radiation needed.

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Joined: Nov 2006

Memorial Sloan Kettering is one of the top cancer clinics. I think you made the right decision.

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Joined: Apr 2004

I had almost the same diagnosis as you, and went with the partial. Here I am 5 years later with two functioning kidneys.

I agree with Irene too. Sloan is about as good as you can get for any cancer in general. For kidney cancer specifically, maybe only Cleveland Clinic is ranked more highly.

Just stay on top of all of your regular scans. They can always take the kidney easily if something reappears. My doc (Sloan trained) made the same call, and I'm very grateful.

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