Aug 19, 2010 - 2:01 pm
My husband came down with a bad stomach bug last week which we found out was Salmanella, we believe from the egg recall that is in the news. Anyway, he was hospitalized for 4 days with it, but the really bad news is that when he was in the ER they did a CT scan of his abdomen and found a tumor on his kidney. It was confirmed by US. We spoke to a urologist who says it has a 80% chance of being cancer and he will need surgery to remove the tumor and at least part of the kidney. He will need a CT scan with contrast so the doctor can determine exactly what we are dealing with and what kind of surgery will be the best. The surgeon wants us to wait about 6 or so weeks before getting the CT due to the inflammation from the Salmanella because he says he wants everything to be settled in the area so things are clear and he can't do surgery on the kidney with inflammation in the area and have the best outcome. I am freaking out and can barely function since hearing about all of this. I am really worried about if it has spread because chemotherapy and radiation don't work for kidney cancer from what I have read on the internet. I know I need to stay away from the computer and I will try from now on. My husband is only 38. He also refuses to think negatively about it but that is all I can think about. Our kids are only 4 and 8 and I am terrified. The surgeon is hopeful he can do a laproscopic partial nephrectomy and he says kidney cancer doesn't really spread until 6 or 7 cms unless you are in the unlucky 1-3%. My husbands was 3.7 or 3.8cms. Also,on the ER CT scan it stated prominent lymph nodes in the area around the kidney, but urologist believes it is from the Salmonella. Any advice?