I have been following this Board for the past month after a 6-7cm mass was discovered on my right kidney during an ultrasound. I have since met with two Urologists for their opinions. The positive news thus far is that my MRI and CT scans indicate that while the mass is likely RCC, it appears encapsulated and they tell me that everything else looks good on the scans. I am scheduled for a Total Right Laproscopic Nephrectomy on the afternoon of 03/01/12.
I stumbled upon this Board and have found your posts to be encouraging and inspiring. I have also been reading a lot about this. As a result, I have accepted the fact that removal is the treatment that has to be done and I also have a pretty good idea of what to expect (good and not so good) next week and thereafter. However, I am terrified of the surgery and post op recovery that is in front of me. I realize that having major anxiety and fear in the days leading up to the surgery is normal and I'm trying to keep busy and positive. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. My wife and kids have been great about this bump in the road that we have hit, but I wish I could be stronger for them. I'm working on this as well. I am so looking forward to getting on the other side of this and focusing on the healing. Thanks for listening. Tom