We met today with a surgical oncologist here at Michigan Urological
It was a very good meeting and the Dr. was very open and answered all of our questions.
1. The Dr. feels strongly that my wife's tumor has been caught early enough. Again, this was discovered during an exit ultrasound after a stone in the other kidney. He said that it DID show up on the original ER CT scan and probably should have been reported so we lost a month or so.
2. The Dr. feels that with surgery, she should be fine with about a 3-5% of it reoccurring in her other kidney.
3. At this point, he is defining it as Stage 1 after studying the rest of the CT scan.
The not so good:
1. The proximity of the tumor is very close to the artery and vein. For this reason, he cannot do a partial removal and is recommending complete removal using laproscopy.
2. He is about 90% sure it is malignant based upon the differential CT scan.
The Dr. says that we should schedule the surgery for August and keep it scheduled. In the meantime, he said that there are a couple of new markers that have been developed in the past year to point at the type of tumor if we want a biopsy. He is not opposed to doing a biopsy using these new markers just to be sure knowing that it the tumor is most likely going to come out. He said that if he assembled his partners, 50% of them would recommend a biopsy and 50% would recommend just taking the kidney.
Any experiences with a biopsy here on the board? Thoughts on this?
Thanks again for the prayers!
Tom and Holly