Feb 28, 2013 - 4:13 pm
May 2, 2012 to be exact.... I was diagnosed with bi-lateral kidney cancer. It is very uncommon first because of my age(42 on August 23)and then both kidney's to have it. On June 4 I under went a partial nephrectomy on my right kidney, removing one tumor with two forms of cancer - the larger type called Papillary Type 2 and the small type called Chromophobe. The surgery was a success and they saved about 2/3's of my kidney. July 30 I went through another partial nephrectomy on his left kidney. The first surgery was done robotically and this second one was an open procedure as they needed to also test two lymph nodes on the right side. They removed 3 tumors off the left kidney and was able to save 3/4's of that kidney. The lymph nodes did come back positive so they removed 22 total from both the left and right and those 2 enlarged ones were the only two that were positive. AT my last CT scan they also spotted a couple nodules on my lungs but they are too small to do anything about right now.
My wife and I know that the only way to get rid of this kidney cancer is to physically remove it or cut it out. At my follow up appointment, we were told that basically there is nothing we can do at the moment. I will have to go through CT scans every three months for the next couple of years. My wife and I both have the utmost faith in God and say / receive many prayers.
If the kidney cancer would get worse - there are medicines that I can go on to try and hault the cancer. There is also a very harsh treatment that could be done but it would be very toxic to my body and they would only recommend it to me down the road because of my age and good physical health.
Any thoughts or recommendations for anyone would be greatly appreciated!