Dec 15, 2012 - 11:47 am
I stumbled across this board by chance while searching the web for information about kidney masses. About two week ago I was feeling perfectly fine, but I started peeing blood. After being poked and prodded by doctors, I was scheduled to have a CT scan. The next day, two weeks after I started peeing blood, the doctor sat me down and told me I had a large tumor in my left kidney. I ended up asking almost no questions because I was so stunned. I just nodded when he told me "You needed to have this taken care of." I'm seeing two other doctors when I go home for winter break after I finish finals (I am a college freshman). I feel like my parents, who I have talked to a lot, and the doctors are not really being honest with me. I understand they don't want to worry me, but I feel like I have the right to know what is going on.
While I understand that you guys are not doctors and haven't seen my test, what are the chances my 7.1 by 7.0 cm tumor is cancer?
Regardless of what happens, I will need to get surgery to remove the tumor. Do people have any advice on how to recover from surgery?
I'm finding it really difficult to talk to my friends about what is going on because on the outside everything seems exactly the same. Everyone is saying I'm going to be perfectly fine because the the CT showed the so far the tumor has not spread at all. None of my friends I have talked to really understand how serious this potentially could be and I don't want to tell them morbid stories.
Thank you in advance for responding.