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Pop_Pop
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Good Morning all. and thank you.

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icemantoo
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Pop_Pop,

Tell us a little about yourself and your connection to RCC so that we can greet you properly.

Icemantoo

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Hi,

but entry here is usually with more of a bang, Pop_Pop.

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Hello and Good morning..

What brings you to our neck of the woods this morning?

LD

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i am a little shy. i know that this is a little late but my surgery is tomorrow and needless to say im a little nervous. i am having a Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy done. i have read many post on here and they have been very helpful but i find myself maybe reading to much. im just not looking forward to any of it. i didnt sleep very well at all last night and guess im just looking for some feed back from people who have been down this road already. thanks.

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Pops,

Like you, I didn't find this site until right before my full lap rad nephrectomy about 2-1/2 years ago now. What you are feeling right now is perfectly normal, everything happens so fast between dx and surgery that by the time you can say WTF you are already in recovery. A partial likely means your tumor is small and they caught it early which gives you a prognosis that surgery will be a cure and you can spend the next 70 years or so telling people that you once "HAD" cancer. Two weeks from now you will be wondering what all the fuss was about and shortly thereafter this will be nothing more than an unpleasant memory. You look like a pretty tough hombre, my guess is you'll come through this better than most, you will be fine. Following surgery stay on top of the pain, walk as soon and as much as you can and drink plenty of water. Drop us a line in a fee days and let us know how you are doing.

Good luck and Godspeed,

Gary

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Hi Pops,

Assuming you have been exposed to RCC in one way or another, welcome to the club. If you spend a bit of time reading the various threads here and learning more about our journeys perhaps you will get comfortable enough to share a bit more about yourself. We'll help you any way we can.

Good health,

Gary

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Pop_Pop,

Who wouldn't be nervous and a little scared the day before surgery. All of us were. Not fun being tokd you have RCC and then have surgery out of the gate. Having a partial done laproscopically suggests that your tumor and recovery should be managable. Generally if it is 4 cm or under your chance of a full and comolete recovery are as close to 100% as you can get. I wish I could tell you that the surgery doesn't hurt but I can't. It is the price you pay on your road to being cancer free one day from now. Mine was almost 10 years ago and I have had no problems with RCC since.

Best wishes on a full and complete recovery.

Icemantoo

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thank you icemantoo. it is 3.6 cm. be glad when its all over.

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Then come back here as soon as you feel up to it so's we can give you tips on how to recover as comfortably and quickly as possible. As iceman has told you, you've got very little to worry about, apart from a couple of sore days which will also soon be over.

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thank you . right now my biggest concern is my 300ml of magnesium Citrate.

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I have not had my surgery yet and am a bit nervous too. Like you I will be glad when it is over with..There are lots and lots of people here you have had the surgery and they have all done fine..I am sure we will too.
Wishing you the best tomarrow..
LD

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thank you littledarlin, i am keeping a positive attitude about it all and have no doubt everything will go well.

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If my grandaughters read this they will come and cut your heart out with your kidney because they think that I am the only Pop Pop. You will do fine. With a tumor as small as yours you won't even be able to brag about your scar. There are a few of us here who wouldn't even give up our afternoon tee times if we had little buggers like that carved out. In other words, it will be over in no time. You should recover quickly and uneventfully. But good luck anyway. (and excuse my gallows humor. we do that around here)

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thanks foxhd

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Pop_Pop --- Pop in, pop out, all done, no sweat : )

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...And our humor never ceases....

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My tumor was 3cm. I am 3 months post-op and just had my first set of chest x-rays on Monday. Got my letter of clearance yesterday. Good luck with your surgery. I am sure you will do fine. Can't say much for that freakin stuff you have to drink. YUCK!! Accept you will be happy you drank it after surgery when you find that the pain meds are brutal on your bowels. Hang in there and let us know how you are doing when you get home from the hospital. Take Care.

Fishknees
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Joined: Mar 2012

Welcome Pop Pop:
I am exactly one week ahead of you. I had my surgery last Friday. Partial right nephrectomy.

I have to say I am home and doing very well.

The day of surgery and the next day you think it will take much longer to feel good; but, by the third day you are feeling a little better.

I came home Sunday evening after surgery Friday. I never thought that would happen.

Good luck on your surgery. Let us know how you are doing.

If you have any questions, please PM me. It is still very fresh in my mind.

Good luck again.
Hugs
Fishie

ivfour
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Joined: Nov 2011

I read all of these posts and feel a little lucky that I didn't have much time to think about the surgery. I was injured in a motorcycle accident on a Friday and had the nephrecotmy on Tuesday. I was on havy pain meds in ICU so really didn't have to experience the anxiety before surgery. The tumor was over 10 cm and surrounded the kidney. I never thought I would be thankful for a motorcycle accident but it saved my life. Praying that you get a good night's rest.

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Texas_wedge
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Yet another life saved by Harley Davidson - I've lost count of the number here!

ivfour, could you remind me of a few details that I've probably forgotten? Your tumour was large at over 10cm and you're doing wonderfully on Votrient. What was the sub-type, stage and grade? Did you have mets at dx or have you had since then? How was Votrient selected as the appropriate treatment? You've had good results with manageable side-effects - what have been the most troublesome side-effects?

Yours is another encouraging history and I hope it continues so indefinitely!

j_rod
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I am late reading the posts this morning. I, too, had a lap partial on my right kidney. It was April 3rd and they sent me home on April 4th. I had a relatively easy time of it. I am going back to work on April 23 Monday. I was on spring break when I had the surgery, so I only had to take last week and this week off as I already had a week of not teaching to recouperate. So, you probably won't get to read this until after your surgery and your return home....so I will skip how the operation goes. When you get home, you might need a little help getting into bed and getting out of bed. The IV of fluid they give you at the hospital will be in your system so you will have to get up and go to the bathroom at least 4 times every night to get rid of it. Oh well, it gets you up and moving. Your bowels will be asleep for anywhere between 5 and 10 days. Recommendations: 1) Take all medications required by your doctor on time. Even if you start feeling better, take the pain meds every 6 hours - or whatever - as required. 2) Take the colace - stool softener - every morning and every night as required. I did - and by day 5 I was already regular.3) Take the stomach acid reducer if they prescribe one - takes care of the stomach acid also a side effect of the anesthesia. 4) Drink the 8 - 8 oz. glasses (4 bottles) of water daily. 5) Walk around the house or outside and slowly build up. These simple tips will help you recover quickly. Last, stay on this website as there is a ton of support and love here. Also, lots of knowledge and helpful hints. Good luck and see you back here in a couple of days.

ivfour
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I don't remember all of the information but it was RCC Stage IV with mets to the lungs. I believe there were about 4-5 nodules in right lung and questionable nodules in my liver at the time of the CT scan from the wreck and surgery. Since then the radiologist and oncologist feel that they'll cues in the liver are fatty tumors. It was also hard to tell because I had a lacerated liver from the wreck. He first tried to put me on Affinitor but insurance wouldn't cover it and said I had to try the votrient first (good thing I guess). I guess the most troublesome has been the diarrhea and loss of appetite. My liver enzymes stay high normal now that I Amon 400mg instead of regular dose of 800mg. I have blood pressure that runs around 140/90 and continue with same bp med. I think he felt that votrient had the least side effects and had show promising results is why he chose that treatment first. Oh anothernsideneffect is my white hair but it has been kind of good, they are always giving me the senior discount and I am almost 52. I had started letting my hair go gray and now I have bright white hair. My husband and I just completed our Harley groups annual ride to Fredericksburg this past weekend. This was the ride we wrecked on last year so it was very special to be a part of it this year. I will post again after my scans

nyc_girl
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Joined: Apr 2012

Good luck to you! I had an open partial nephrectomy in January. I was nervous, but it went well. The first few days are rough, but you will get through it. It gets better. Don't rush your recovery. Take as much time as you need. A lot of people are sending you positive healing energy. Please let us know how you are doing.

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