Feb 11, 2013 - 9:34 am
First a quick recap:
May 1 2012, mass found on kidney via CT Scan.
June 19, 2012 Radical Nephrectomay; tumer rated T1B, Furman grade 4 (15% Saratomoid diiferentiation).
Dec 19, 2012 While at NIH for Familial RCC study, 1.5 cm mass on my lung ID's. Pet Scan and biopsy showed it to be cancerous.
Feb 5, 2012 Lung Mass removed. Preliminary Path indicates tumor is RCC; awaiting final results
According to the Dr, the best treatment for me is survailience. If there is no tumor to measure, there is no way to measure the effectiveness of treatment. So, monitor me closely, so that any future met is found quickly. Basically, treat a solitary lung met as though it was a stage 1 RCC, but with more agressive survaliance. It sounds reasonable, but I wish there were more that could be done to stop anything else lurking in my system.
I should also mention, compared to the nephrectomy, the thorasic surgery (recection of the mass) is trivial. Once the chest tube was out, I was basically fine.