Feb 18, 2013 - 2:20 am
3 cm mass on left kidney (See previous "freak out" post) - 1st opinion was open kidney surgery, identify the tumor, take 1/2 or all the kidney dependent on tumor type. 2nd opinion is drastically different, but from a highly regarded doctor that has a lot of experience with kidney tumors. He thinks it's benign, most similar to benign tumors he has taken out. He also thinks it might be in the fatty tissue around the kidney, not on or in the kidney. He believes a biopsy is the best choice, watching it is 2nd, and surgery distant 3rd option. Everyone else told me a biopsy could spread a cancer if it is cancer. He thinks the risk is so low due to the location, and even if cancer the risk is super low. Totally different opinion.
Anyone had a kidney biopsy? Can you feel it? Painful? Apparently risks are bleeding, infection - anyone's experience following?
Still in limbo on decision - LKidd