My husband, who is computer illiterate (haha), was just diagnosed with a tumor that is
13 x 12 x 7 cm in his left kidney. He had a kidney biopsy yesterday, and I was told that in all reality that this is cancer. He is scheduled this next Monday, 9/20, for left radical nephrectomy. I guess the just not knowing is the worst right now. He had open heart surgery a year ago with four-vessel bypass grafts. He began a few months ago complaining of pain around his ribs on the left side. Everyone kept telling it was just because of the cardiac bypass surgery and where the drainage tube had been. Then his legs started hurting and were always cold. He had an MRA the end of August and received a call to see our family doctor a few days later and was then sent to a urologist. He has had CT scans of the chest, abdomen and pelvis plus the kidney biopsy and the scheduling of surgery. The tumor is so large, and we are so afraid of metastasis and will definitely find out next week. From what I have read, kidney cancer does not respond well to chemo or radiation therapy. I guess we are just so afraid, not knowing really what to expect. I guess I just wanted to "talk" to someone who is going through this.