Mar 06, 2013 - 12:22 pm
Hello! I'm 44 years old.
I was dx. with kidney cancer in December, Christmas day. I went to hospital for phantom pain in my stomach/inestine. I thought I had food poisoning or something. CT scan showed nothing wrong, but a mass on right kidney.
Jan. 21 I had partial nephrectomy. Tumor was 2.7 x 2.7 x 4. Stage 1.
Pathology came back showing:
No other organ involvement.
I guess I'm very lucky that it was found so early, but I'm terrified to move on.
The doctor said he "got it all". I questioned him twice about going to an oncologist. He said no, I didn't need to, he would follow me closely, with scans.
I have an appointment at Johns Hopkins (very close to where I live) on Mar. 12, but am wondering if they will look at me like I'm crazy for not letting this go. I practically begged my surgeon to order a PET scan to see if I had cancer anywhere else. He said no, it wasn't necessary.
I am trying to hard to move on and enjoy my life, but I feel like I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. How do you move on?