Jun 09, 2009 - 2:39 am
I was recently diagnosed with Stage II Kidney Cancer. I have a tumor in the upper pole of my right kidney. I have seen two local urologists (in Northwest Suburbs, IL) and due to some varying opinion on additional tests needed to adequately plan for surgery, I have a third opinion scheduled for this Thursday (6/11) in Chicago at Northwestern.
Not only am I already overwhelmed with the research and just things to do and get organized before the surgery, but I'm scared of the actual surgery itself. I think that some of my fears come from the fact that my father died during a bypass operation when he was just 54.
I guess I'm looking for some encouragement as well as some insight on what to expect during the entire recovery period. So far, it seems most likely I will have an open radical nephrectomy. We will see if Northwestern concurs.