Nov 29, 2011 - 12:15 pm
I am so glad this network is available. I am looking for support and the right questions to ask. My Dad has a "left renal mass" that doctor says is 80% likely kidney cancer.He has had PET scan, CT scans without and with contrast, xray. He was in significant pain and the pain was alleviated by a stent. His ureter looks like a corkscrew in the films. He's been told there is no spread to his bladder. Doctor wants to do an open radical nephrectomy.
After the his last stent placement and scan, they found an abdominal aortic aneurysm (as if the other stuff wasn't enough). We were sent to a vascular surgeon. The aneurysm is large enough to be concerned but not enough to perform surgery immediately. The vascular surgeon wanted another CT scan (related to the aneurysm)-- this was today. The follow up appointment is Friday.
The tentative plan is to fix the aneurysm and then do the kidney removal. The surgeons sound like they want to do all of this before the end of the year. Given his age and the significance of the surgeries, I am concerned about recovery time and too much too soon. Any suggestions regarding questions for both surgeons is appreciated.