Jan 21, 2012 - 4:49 pm
I noticed another good discussion on this topic. When was last at the oncologist, I asked him to "re-tell" me some of the information he shared at an initial meeting - and I was finally in a place to process it.
He showed me a chart with 5-year survival rates for Kidney cancer. Yes, those with stage 1 tumors that are grade 1 or 2 do have a 95 or 99% 5-year surivival rate.
BUT, for those of use with small, stage 1 tumors that are grade 3 or 4, the 5-year survival rate drops to 65%.
I don't put this out there to scare folks, but to encourage those of us that had small, high-grade tumors to be especially vigilant in our follow-up care. It is not enough to say that surgery was our cure - be sure to see an oncologist and keep up the very close monitoring.