Apr 17, 2010 - 3:20 am
I was 35 years old when diagnosed and did not fit any of the criteria. My RCC type was Chromophobe, stage I. The tumor was 2.5cm and fully enclosed in the kidney. But, the doctor tried to do a partial nephrectomy and cut too close to the tumor. I had the full kidney removed but he used the same scapel to cut the rest of the kidney out. Wouldn't cancer cells potentially be spread to the healthy tissue left behind where the kidney used to be? Has anyone else had this happen?
Since my surgery, I have worried that the doctor put me at undue risk. He wanted the partial nephrectomy, I wanted a full but he talked me into letting him try for a partial. It's a decsion I will regret for the rest of my life...which I hope is a LONG time.
So far, so good. But, as I've read many times on this board, it can pop up years later. My 4 year check up is next Tuesday. I've been coming to this site since 2006. It's been a great resource and I really appreciate this group. Thank you all!