Jun 03, 2013 - 4:38 pm
I have been reading some of the blogs here and have found them very encouraging. I would like to thank everyone for sharing their stories.
I am a 57 year old and was diagnosed the end of March with stage 4 RCC. After complaining to my GP about not feeling well, I went in for a chest x-ray where they found a node on my lung. I then went in for a CAT scan where they then found a 15.1 x 11.2 x 10.6 cm T2b, N1 carcinoma on the lower pole of my left kidney. I went in for a total left nephrectomy on April 9th. They also removed 4 enlarge lymph nodes surrounding the kidney. Of course the pathology report came back stage 4 RCC and one of the 4 lymph nodes that was removed also showed kidney cancer. Both the kidney and lymph nodes were removed, so I was feeling pretty good about my prognosis. However, I still had that node found on my lung from the original chest x-ray. Could it be a primary lung cancer, or has the kidney cancer spread there also?
I went in for a PET scan before the scheduled lung surgery to be done on May 13th. The PET scan showed that it indeed was a secondary cancer and not a primary lung cancer so I went in for a wedge section removal. My medical oncologist called and was concerned that the PET scan indicated a lesion on my liver. I went in today for an MRI to determine if the kidney cancer has spread there. I see the lung surgeon tomorrow as a post-op visit and really don't anticipate any problems there. But on Wednesday the 5th I see the oncologist to get the final results of my MRI. She will then discuss treatments with me if the MRI does show the cancer has spread there.
Is anyone else going through this same sort of thing? How are the treatments with this possible diagnosis?