Jul 18, 2011 - 7:53 pm
I am 43 and my cancer was found 'accidentally' on a CT for diverticulitis. Fortunately, the tumor was less than 3 cm. Because of its placement, I had to have a radical nephrectomy. My surgery was July 6 and I'm on the road to recovery.
We will see my urologist in one week and get the full pathology report. Initially, he suggested the surgery would be my cure and I'd 'never need to see an oncologist.' However, the more my husband and I read and talk, we really feel like we should consult an oncologist.
What has your experience been? Will the urologist recommend someone, or should we go on our own? A kidney cancer specialist would be important, right? How do we find a good one? We have great doctors in our area, but no friends with kidney cancer experience that we could ask for a recommendation.
Also, I have a lot of questions about taking good care of the one kidney I do have - should I have a nephrologist?
Thanks for any help you can offer. This is my first day and the boards and I've already found so much great information!