Jan 28, 2013 - 10:04 am
Hi, I just discovered this board and it seems like you have a supportive and knowlegable group here.
A 2cm mass was discovered on my right kidney incidentally during a CT of my abdomen for appendicitis in December of 2012. I had another ct with and without contrast in January to get a better idea of what this mass was.
The radiology report remarked that the contrast hadn't been taken up by the mass and there was no cause for concern. On the other hand(and here's my quandry), the urologist who ordered the scan disagrees and doesn't like the looks of it. He told me that he had just removed masses on two other patients with similar radiology reports that returned as RCC. He says he would rate mine a 3 on the Bosniak scale. Given my age, I'm 45 and otherwise healthy, he thinks a partial nephrectomy is in order.
I don't think anyone likes the thought of doing nothing about what could potentially be cancer, but even laparoscopically, it still is a pretty big deal.
I am going to have a second opinion.
On the upside, the mass is tiny(compared to some of the stories I have read here) and in the lower lateral portion of the kidney.
Has anyone had an experience like this?
Any thoughts or advice will be greatly appreciated.