Jan 11, 2013 - 2:38 am
At my my most recent visit to the oncologist, he used a prediction tool on Sloan-Kettering's website called a Renal Cell Carcinoma Nomogram. You enter your histology, symptoms, pathology and tumor size (this is for post-surgical, single tumor calculating recurrence probabilities) and it outputs a number. There are links on the page explaining how the data was built and to papers explaining what it means.
I played with the tool some.
I think this is the link that will take you there: http://nomograms.mskcc.org/Renal/PostSurgery.aspx
It came up with a much lower number than what I thought I had based on other data I looked at from other papers. I had expected my rate to be something like 30-40%, but when I enter my data on this site it comes up with something like 13%.
I'm somewhat new here. I'm always hoping I'm not bringing up stuff that has been talked about ad nauseum. ;) Still, I thought this tool was interesting. My uncle who is a retired oncologist doesn't trust this number and wants me to talk to someone more experienced so I have an appointment on Monday with such a person.