Mar 05, 2013 - 5:57 am
When I had my tumor out, the Path report said T1b, grade four (Sarcomitoid). I saw the Dr westerday for followup. He Still refers to is as stage 1, even tough there was a distant metastisis (to the lung). This does not need right to me. I asked, and he said, that even though the met may have been present at the surgery, the staging of my tumor does not change, and I have (not had) stage 1 cancer. I said, that, by definition, I now have mRCC, which means, stage 4.
Medically, this is a moot point, as he is not providing me with my primary cancer care (NIH is). But, who is right? I guess the disease might be mRCC, stage 4, but the tumor was stage 1....or are we debating the definition of is?