hi everybody, thank you so much to everyone who posts on this board it has been so helpful to me.
MY QUESTION IS WHAT IS YOUR FOLLOW UP PLAN FOR TESTING FOR RECURRENCE?
i was stage 1 renal cell carcinoma. had a radical nephrectomy done laparoscopically on dec. 12.the cancer was not found anywhere but in the tumor. my surgeon/urologist said i can wait 6 months for a ct scan of abdomen and chest along with blood work. my oncologist ( i also had stage 1 breast cancer 4 yrs. ago)agreed with the 6 month time line but said i could do it earlier if i wanted (if i was worried)
so what did everybody have for testing right after your surgery?
the dr.'s always say they don't want to expose you to more radiation than is necessary with the scans. but if they order a test than its ok. in november i had 2 ct scans a week apart.
i don't like to go looking for trouble either and i know that you can't do a scan every month hoping you're going to catch the cancer if God forbid it comes back. but it's just so scary for the first year anyway.
thanks so much.
continued good health to us all.
ps: while we're on the subject. what does your dr. do at your physical exams?