this dec. will be 2 years since my radical nephrectomy for stage 1 chromophobe rcc.
every 6 months since then i've had blood work and ct scan of the chest, abdomen and pelvis.
my 6 month scan is coming up in 2 weeks. GOD willing every goes ok. my dr's.,urologist and oncologist (i had breast cancer 5 years ago so i still see an oncologist) say i can go to one year for testing. with a chest xray and ultrasound taking the place of the ct scan.
reason being reducing exposure to radiation from ct also contrast can be a problem with one kidney.
although i do know the dangers of too much radiation and the contrast, i'm also scared to switch to the other tests which are not as sensitive and might miss something. also waiting 12 months seems like a long time to go in between tests.
what have you guys done(stage 1) for testing after 2 years, after 5 years? any advice will help.
thank you and God bless and good health.