Feb 02, 2011 - 3:00 pm
I went to the ER on December 19 for abdominal pain and bloody diarhea where I had a CT Scan and was told I have a renal mass on right kidney suspicious for renal cancer. I was also told I had a suspicious lesion on my Liver (suggesting metastases) and a nodule on my left lung. I was also told I had a rather large hemangioma on my Liver. Subsequent MRI proved no cancer on Liver just the Hemangioma which is nothing. Chest X-Ray showed no cancer on the lungs.
The kidney mass is in the 3 or 4 cm range - not very big. Biopsy of mass proved to be Renal Cell carcinoma, clear cell type. At first it was recommended that I have RF Ablation. The Urologist Surgeon is only comfortable with a robotic assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. I never did get a straight answer as to why he feels this way. Doctors have said this tumor has been growing for "years"
I have been reassured that this tumor is on the low end of aggression, was caught early and does not appear to have spread. Surgeon has said that my prognosis is excellent.
Unless there is something found in this Tuesday (2/8) colonoscopy I am scheduled for surgery on 2/25.
I know I am very lucky and grateful for having this mass found at an early stage. I am very grateful to be able to be treated at DHMC in NH. Having said that I am very scared and anxious. I am 59 years old and have never been sick or had any surgery. It seems like it has been a lifetime since all this started unfolding on Dec. 19. It is major life changing event to be told you have cancer and need surgery. I don't think life can be the same because there will always that nagging thought about the cancer coming back.
I was hoping to hear from people who have experienced similar. I am very concerned about how long my recovery will be. How much pain and recovery time for a laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. I don't have a great deal of support at home and I am the one who does everything. I have large animals to care for as well as equines at another farm near by. I can not afford to be done for a extended period of time.
I was told I might be in the hospital 1 to 3 days. Nothing was said about how I am going to feel when I come out of surgery. I was told I could not ride my horse for at least 6 weeks.
Thank you all for reading. You can email me also at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any help is appreciated.