Sep 02, 2013 - 10:43 pm
Hello everyone. New poster who hopefully will enter the ranks of being a kidney cancer survivor.
I had a CT scan of the chest last week, ordered because of a small pleural effusion showing up on a chest x-ray (ordered because of a wicked cough though to be due to my new ACE blood pressure med). Unexpected finding was a 7.5 cm x 7.6 cm mass of my right kidney. Also showed a "mass effect"of the IVC and right renal vein. I am awaiting my appointment with a highly recommended urologist.
Though I have just found your web site just last evening, I haven't seen anyone talk about getting an IVC graft at the same time as a nephrectomy. i don't know yet if it has invaded the IVC, but hoping so much that it isn't the case. Kidney function tests are normal, GFR normal, so left kidney appears to be working and I really need to protect it.
I'm learning a lot just by reading the other posts.
I feel extremely lucky that the tumor was found, as we almost didn't get that initial chest x-ray.