I was diagnosed about 2 weeks back with RCC and the size of the tumor on the right kidney is about 4.8cm. I have met two surgeons - one recommending the radical procedure and the other has given me the option of choosing between partial/radical nephroctomy. I have no other problems and both surgeons believe the prognosis is excellent. I have not gotten a convincing reason to go with partial nephroctomy with my limited research. In fact I am a bit concerned about chances of cancer recurrence and the longer recovery time with the partial nephroctomy procedure. Can anyone please point me to material that can educate me better in this regard? I am more inclined to go with radical nephroctomy and I am assuming that the other healthy kidney can reasonably takeover some additional burden after the surgery.
This is my first post on this thread, so please feel free to advice me as you see fit. Any guidance on how I can make a informed decision about my impending surgery is welcome. Appreciate your time.