Apr 18, 2013 - 11:51 am
Before Tuesday we called it my "oddly shaped tennis ball" Now we call it my "Cancer ball"...
I got my MRI results Tuesday - I have cancer. It was a roller coaster of Bad news/Good news...
Bad news: I have cancer.
Bad news: Its in the collecting ducts of the kidney which means they have to do a radical nephrectomy.
Anyone faimilar with the hand assisited lap.? Any tips for afterwards?
The surgery itsself should be about 2-4 hours and then 3-5 days in the hospital.
I dont know when the surgery will be yet - should know by the end of Friday. Though this isnt an emergency - like do it tomorrow kind of surgery - he wants to do it sooner rather than later and I agree!
So I guess on the totem pole of kidney cancer this is pretty low - not as low as it could be but not nearly as bad as it could be either.
Staying positive and logical...I have cancerous mass, we will remove it, then I wont have a cancerous mass...the end (kinda not the end b/c of the follow up scans for the rest of forever which is going to be long time since im only 32 but I digress...)
My only concern is that on the MRI report it states that there are 'smaller subcentimeter T2 hypertense lesions in the right kidney...suggestive of cysts' and basically the same thing on my spleen. 3 years ago they told me the "cancer ball" in my left kidney was 'just a cyst'..... At least we are aware of these issues involving the right kidney and spleen early and can monitor them. BUT...Could they be wrong about it being contained in the keft kidney? Or am I just a cysty person??? I plan to ask him about all of this at my pre op visit, but what do you think? Anyone had similar issues?
Any advice is always welcome! Thanks for listening!!