Jun 27, 2010 - 2:49 pm
I'm a 41 year old female, relatively healthy exept for being overweight and (in the last year) taking high blood pressure meds.
I've just been diagnosed with RCC: 2.5cm in the upper lobe of my right kidney. They showed me on a CT...it sort of looks like a golf ball half in/half out of the top of my kidney.
It was just confirmed Friday via CT scan (it was found accidentally during an abdominal CT scan two weeks ago when I was in the hospital with stomach and back pain).
They are scheduling an appt. with a urologist next week to decide on the next course of action.
I have been doing some reading, but I have so many questions.
Will it likely be a partial or total nephrectomy? What are the advantages and risks of a partial?
What is the recovery like? How long will I be off work (desk job)?
Will I have to have other meds or chemo?
What stage is it likely to be?
Should I make any changes (diet etc.)?
I'm concerned that they will want to act with only a consult with the urologist. I feel like I should also be seen by an oncologist.
Any recommendations or advice would be so appreciated!
I'm in the Kansas City area, so local resource recommendations would also be great.