Feb 22, 2009 - 5:15 pm
I will be 65 years old in April.I was diagnosed last week with stage 1 of RCC on my right kidney.It was found by accident in the ER scanning for another possable problem when I went in with a high fever and I was Immediately scheduled for an IPV CT. The IPV CT revealed a 2cm tumor INSIDE the kidney. My Urology Doctor is saying that because it is INSIDE the kidney the whole organ needs removed and I do not qualify just for tumor removal only. The procedure he will to do is the the robot procedure, not sure of the medical term, where they put a few holes and a small incision and remove the kidney from there.
My question is Why can they not just remove the tumor only instead of the whole kidney as the IPV CT scan revealed that the cancer was contained in the tumor only and had not spread anywhere.
I guess my real question is Do I need a second opinion to see if the tumor only can be removed or should I just take his advice and let them remove the whole Kidney. My left kidney is in good condition.