Apr 15, 2013 - 11:57 pm
Hi, I'm new here :). I've been reading for a while (here and the Thyroid cancer forum), and have learned so much from ya'll :). Anyway, I was hoping I could get some imput from the expert patients here. A little backstory:
Things start moving really fast here. All this time since my Thyca diagnosis, the onc's and docs have been poo-pooing it. They refused to treat me with RadioIodine to rid of remaining thyroid tissue/cells. Anyway....
1) 2.7 x 2.4 cm inhomogenous mass in sternal notch (yes we knew this one) with signifigant vascularity
2) 1.6 x 1.4 x 1.1 cm left KIDNEY mass, not clearly cystic
3) 1.6 x 1.7 cm solid left breast nodule.
GP orders renal US
So here we are. After dealing with Thyca and the slow process of testing/surgery/followup, now that my kidney has a mass, things are moving fast. Scarily so!
Anywho, should I be freaking out about the kidney mass? It's small (so GP says), and I'm hoping it's a thyroid met, but the Rad Onc said it was very unlikely. I'm losing my mind thinking I could be dealing with 3 different cancers at one time. I've got 4 surgeons in the loops, and umpteen tests coming up. I have 2 surgeries in May (GB on May 7th, Central neck dissection May 17th)
To top it off, I leave for a vacation on Mon, Apr 22nd. I won't be back until April 3oth, and have to somehow squeeze in my pre-op testing appt, and a breast MRI, while being back at work for the week pre-surgery.
I'm so burnt out on the whole process, that I'm tempted to just kind of ignore the kidney deal. It's small, it's not for sure it's RCC, and with everything else I have going on, I am not mentally up to this right now :(.
One question I have is whether I should have a biopsy on the kidney mass? Even if there's a slight chance it's thyroid, I'd like to know. It is a much easier-to-treat cancer ( should the oncologist actually DO something) with a good prognosis. I know the jury is out on kidney biopsy, and it's almost always surgically removed. but I'd like to avoid a FIFTH surgery in less than year :(.
Thanks for your advice.