Jun 21, 2009 - 11:32 pm
Hello, I am a 41 year old male who is in good physical shape with no history of cancer. I do not smoke or drink often and have no history of high blood pressure or diabetes. I was having intermittent indigestion from what I thought were certain foods that didn't agree with me. I finally was convinced by my wife to go to the doctor to check things out. My doctor thought a CT scan would be a good idea to see what was going on since the issue was occuring for a few months. I drank the iodine and had the scan. I was playing golf with my boss and got the call from my doctor to come in as soon as possible to review the scan due to "abnormal" results. My wife picked me up on hole 14 and we went to see the doctor. She came into the room and looked very sad and told me I had gall stones. I thought ok I may have to have my gall bladder out...no big deal. She then said we also found a 4cm mass on your left kidney and the radiologist is fairly certain it is renal cell carcninoma. My only response was..... WHAT? She said you have kidney cancer. My wife starts crying and I just stare at her and say are you sure you have the correct report? I have no symtoms. She said you are very lucky that we had the ct scan and we found it early. She said that I would probably have to have my kidney removed. Anyway she gave us the referal to the urologist and we left the office stunned. I asked my wife to take me back to the golf course and I finished the round at hole 18. We met with two Urologists and both recommend a laprascopic partial naphrectomy. The Urologist thinks he can perform a partial naphrectomy of my "golf ball" sized tumor although it is on the back side of the kidney and may require a conventional approach (open surgery) if he has difficulty during the robotic surgery. I should have the surgery in mid July 2009.
I was wondering if there is anyone out there that has a similar story or who had the surgery to discuss and compare notes??