Sep 23, 2012 - 11:42 pm
Hi everyone -
You probably remember me - I posted a couple of weeks ago asking how long we could expect my husband to be in the hospital after his robotic partial nephrectomy. (He was released after two days.)
I wanted to post to let you know the pathology report showed that my husband's tumor was benign! His urologist had told us (and we had read) that 95% of these tumors are cancerous and the urologist never even discussed doing a biopsy. Obviously my husband was one of the lucky ones and is in the 5% non-cancerous tumor category. We were shocked when the surgeon called with the results, but thankful that he does not (and did not) have cancer. The surgeon told us that even though it was non-cancerous, oncocytoma tumors still need to be removed because as they grow they can still damage the kidney, so we aren't feeling that the surgery was for nothing. We see the surgeon for a two week follow up on Friday. I'll be curious to learn if there will be any follow up in the future (scans, etc). I'm assuming there won't be.
Interestingly, immediately after hearing the word 'benign', my husband started feeling bad about all of the other people who have/had cancer that he knows. He spent a great deal of time talking to people after his diagnosis and felt he got great support from those people. He didn't know how he was going to face those people now that he's not in the "club". I told him that no one is going to be mad at him for not having cancer! One less person in the world without cancer is a good thing! I just think it's been an emotional rollercoaster for him since the diagnosis, and this was just another thing to process. And he WAS diagnosed with cancer - it's not like he made it up!
He's feeling really good. The surgery was ten days ago. He is going back to work (an office job) full time tomorrow. He worked last Wednesday-Friday during the morning and came home and took a nap in the afternoon. He said it's still tender when he coughs or sneezes but otherwise he's feeling great. He even mentioned running yesterday and I said, "Oh no you don't - NO running until you go to the surgeon on Friday." I think he's going to listen to me - I hope he is anyway!
Thanks again for all of your support!