Jul 07, 2011 - 6:35 pm
The 20th seems like such a far way away, and with each day I get more nervous. My 2.9 cm tumor is on my right kidney, it is exophytic, and at the bottom pole. My urologist indicated I am a good candidate for laroscopic robotic partial nephrectomy. Based on my research, and the urologist feedback, the prognosis for open versus laproscopic are equal in these instances.
Although the liklihood of benign is pretty low in kidney tumors (20% possibly), I did read an interesting article that indicated a tumor on the pole of the kidney is 3 times more likely to be benign than if in the cetral area of the kidney. I am trying to stay positive, and this type of article hepls, although I am prepared for worse.
My tumor was found incidentally (screening liver due to elevated enzymes), and even though I did not have symptoms, after being told I had a tumor on my kidney I started having some pain where I think my kidney is. I was discussing this with my back doctor (last november I was hit by someone running red light), and she said that ultrasound should be a standard screen, as it is not really costly and not invasive.
I do admit, I have been reading a lot about RCC, treatments, and all. Not sure at this stage if that is the best, or if I should try to focus on others things for distraction. Don't get me wrong though, I am making sure to spend quality time with my family.
I will update again, as I feel a need to write, or definetly after my surgery.
Take care all, I really do as others have posted, appreciate this site, those that have returned to tell their stories, and provide support to all of us!!