Nov 29, 2011 - 6:35 am
I was recently diagnosed with a localized 1.8 cm rcc and had a successful partial nephrectomy. The lab report indicated the tumor had clear margins and a prognostic biomarker, IMP3, was negative, indicating it was not likely to metastacize. Such factors are very encouraging, to say the least! However, it was also analyzed to be a Grade IV clear cell rcc with sarcomatoid and rhabdoid features. Such rccs are very agressive and have a very negative outlook (possibly in part since they are usually found at a more advanced stage). My surgeon is optomistic, but there is little to no evidence of such small tumors that are so agressive. Is there anyone out there with any relaterd experiences? Any advice or information anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated! I am, as I read many of us are, quite anxious to better understand what's going on. I wish everyone the best out there coping with this disease.