Feb 16, 2013 - 10:57 am
This is my first posting on any message board for RCC. I've read discussions on this board off and on since my radical nephrectomy last Feb. but finally just got the courage to signup and join in the discussion. My tumor (5.5 cm, clear cell, grade2) was also found incidentally during an ultrasound ordered by my doc after a night in the hospital due to extreme nausea and fainting twice. To tell the truth even though I was shocked (I mean who isn't when they hear "cancer") I was not entirely surprised. For about a year prior to diagnosis I just had a feeling that I had cancer somewhere....can't say exactly why other than a general increasing feeling of being un-well. Can't really go to your doc with that! So thank God for what appears to have been a major flu bug that bit me in Jan. 2012. That's what put me in the hospital and I decided it was time to follow up with my doc and tell him all the little nagging un-well feelings I'd been having. He ordered the US (suspecting a gallbladder issue) and BAM-CANCER. I guess a girl really should trust her intuition! CT then quickly followed which confirmed highly suspicious for RCC. That abdominal CT also caught just the base of my lungs and a nodules was spotted. Chest CT quickly followed that and found multiple nodules. Most were calcified and listed as likely granulomas, but two 3mm non-calcified nodules were also seen. Docs said most likely those are also granulomas that just haven't calcified yet, but mete could not be totally ruled out. So, my 1 yr followup CT approaches in 2 weeks and I can't shake the fear. I had a lung CT back in July and it said 4mm nodules but also said "Unchanged" so just feeling very scared. Just saw my GP yesterday due to increasingly severe fatigue and shortness of breath/wheezing. He did chest dray and said it looked Ok but I know they don't show fairly small nodes well. He also is took about 5 lab tests so I just have to wait and see. He also started me on an asthma inhaled to see if that improves anything. Any words of encouragement and/or validation would be greatly appreciated!