Dec 06, 2012 - 11:03 am
I had my surgery on November 16, a partial nephrectomy, done laparascopically and robotically-assisted. I am recovering well, though I did try and go back to work part-time this week and I may have pushed it a bit.
I have yet to speak with my doctor in person, but we discussed the path lab report over the phone. The doc said the surgery was a "success" and he was able to save the kidney, and he feels my prognosis is very good. The path lab apparently had some concern over the margin of excision. I will talk to him more about that on Friday.
I've been reading some posts on here and it seems there are quite a few people who have had partial or full nephrectomies who have their cancer come back (or maybe it never left?). I'm feeling some anxiety about this. I'm also at risk for breast cancer and now am reading about a link between kidney and esophageal cancer? I think I'm just feeling vulnerable and stressed. I want this to be the last of it, but can't help worrying that it might not be in the long term.