Jun 23, 2011 - 1:47 pm
36 y/o male, just taken control of my life, started eating better and excersizing.. Never felt better, no symptoms other then muscle soreness after heavy gym sessions.
On the annuel physical all blood and urine tests came back mostly good, slightly high cholesterol, a bit low vitamin D, etc. PCP asked if I had any other complaints, I tried to think of any, I asked him if there is any other tests I should do to justify spending $500/mo on the health insurance, and he said my liver blood tests are slightly above normal range, so he sent me to pelvic ultrasound just in case.
1 day later I received a phone call to urgently see my doctor, here is the ultrasound report:
"Lower pole cortex low echogenicity mass versus atypical lobulation lower pole left kidney maximal dimension 4cm. Neoplasm cannot be excluded. Recommend CT or MRI with and without contrast"
Doctor asked me if I wanted CT or MRI, I asked whats better, he asked about metal parts in my body, and said MRI probably has better resolution so I'm scheduled for MRI next Monday.. He also absolutely downplayed it, and was all "its probably nothing serious" and instead wanted to talk more about blood pressure, taking vitamins etc.
But I just went through being primary caregiver for my mom, who had stage 4 lung cancer, and the word "neoplasm" and googling "4cm kidney mass" really freaked me out, so now I'm shaking and can't work or sleep, my excersize schedule went to hell, I don't even know if I'm supposed to be pushing myself doing 1 hour of cardio every day, or am i doing more harm then good?
Really have no one to talk to.
Also I'm in NYC metro area, should I try to enroll with Sloan-Kattering cancer center? Or stay with whatever local urologist my PCP will likely send me after the MRI? Does Sloan-Kettering accept "suspected" cases, or you have to go to them only after your diagnosis is confirmed?