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bcbigb
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Joined: Sep 2013

just got the news on sept.6,right kidney cancer 12cm by 8cm ,going in tomorrow(friday sept.20) to have everything removed including some lymph nodes.scared but keeping positive,docs have been great ,everything is going so quickly.luckily i live in a city with a great cancer hospital..4to 6 hour operation tomorrow.results to follow . doc says lucky i came in for a yearly physical ,was discovered by accident .six months later may have been to late.

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rainsandpours
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Joined: Apr 2013

Hugs and best wishes to you.

 

That's a mighty big tumor.  Did you have any symptoms?

bcbigb
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Joined: Sep 2013

no symptoms discovered by accident ,went for yearly physical,turned 51 thought problems with prostate ,peeing every 1 to 2 hours.lucky i went in ir it ciuld have been to late a year from now the doc said

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icemantoo
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bcbigb,

 

Good luck on the surgery. It definately beats the alternative. Many members are doing well even with a little extra baggage to start.

Icemantoo

bcbigb
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wont know much untill all biopsies r done ,big tumer buut hopefully nothing in anywhere else

thanks for the thoughts and prayers 

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Eims
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sending positive thoughts and good wishes your way x

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MDCinSC
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Joined: Feb 2013

Yep, that kind of describes it in a nutshell.

Lay back, relax and sleep through it. The surgeons have the hard part for now. 

You have your work cut out onrecovery.  Take your time, do not rush things! Stay hydrated and sleep, often.  The dread is the worst part.  The rest is no picnic, but I suspect you are up to it!

Check in when you can!  I'll be thinking of, and praying for, you Fromn bedtime tonight until we hear back!

Be calm.  You've got this!

Michael

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Djinnie
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Hi bcbigb, 

I want to wish you well with your op tomorrow, I know it's a very scary situation to be in but it will soon be over, stay strong! As soon as you feel up to it let us know how you got on. We will be thinking of you, all the best:)

Djinnie x

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DonMiller
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Joined: Feb 2013

Good toughts your way.  My tumor was the same size and removed on October 5th of last year.  The surgery is not as bad as it sounds although make sure you got the TV ready with Cable and netflix for two weeks!!!!

 

Don

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angec
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I was just thinking back to my mom's surgery in March of 2012.  She was 8o years old and had to be intubated for three days in the ICU.  Came home the day after they took the tube out and less than a week later she was up in the kitchen cooking!  I have to remember what a trooper she was and how she pushed herself to get up to cook.  Now looking back on it, I see how amazing she is!  So, I guess what I want to say is.. don't rush to get up and cook but know that you will be able to  handle this and move on! I guess the surgery is done by now and you  are in recovery!  I hope all went well! Waiting to hear how you are when you are up to it. In the meantime, prayers are going out for you! 

bcbigb
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Joined: Sep 2013

Thanks everyone for all your support,ill let u all know in 2 weeks how things r going

thanks Brian

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foxhd
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The good news is that you haven't had to wait a month or two for surgery. Waiting is harder than recovering from the procedure. Good luck tomorrow. Life is more precious now. Treat it that way. You'll do fine. We understand your thoughts.

bcbigb
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Joined: Sep 2013

well it was a long 7 days in the hospital,right kidney ,tumor,lymph nodes gone but had some stebacks.left kidney stopped functioning was put in I.C.U for 4 days .Almost died due to the shut down ,almost needed dialysis and a kidney transfer.But finally home after the long week in the hospital.Now just waiting for test results but everything went well said the doc.Just want to thank all of you for your prayers anf words of encouragment

Thank You Brian C.

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NewDay
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Brian,

I'm sorry to hear you had such a rough go of it.  That was probably about as scary as the cancer.  I'm glad you are past that and at home resting.  So everything with your left kidney is ok now?  It was probably just in shock from losing it's buddy.  We will be hoping for the best on your path report.  Keep us updated when you are up to it.

Kathy

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alice124
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Wow, you have had a tough journey, but now you're hopefully on safe ground and your recuperation will accelerate. Drink plenty of fluids, get lots of rest, and be kind to yourself. You deserve it.

bcbigb
Posts: 31
Joined: Sep 2013

went and got 62 staples out today ,back to bed to rest .can probably sleep on my side tonight get a little more rest.if it was warmer here i would go out for some walks but it is only 4 celcius today.Just great to be home and with family.

Thanks for all yoour support

Brian

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GSRon
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Brian, I bet you are glad to be home..  Rest up...heal up..

Ron

bcbigb
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just resting ,taking dog for a walk everyday.feeling better everyday ,just waiting for the results and seeing the doc on the 21.thanks again for all your prayers and thoghtseveryone keep positive and looking forward to being another on the list of kidney cancer survivors

bcbigb
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Joined: Sep 2013

hello everyone,its been a little while.got path. results back and the doc. said it was better then expected due to the size of the tumor.came back renal cell carcinoma grade 2(doc was expecting grade 3 or worse as there was invasion of renal sinus and renal vein branch.margins came back negative.13 lymph nodes negative.stage pT3a N0 Mx.prognoses is 50-50 for reacurance .good news to celebrate,getting better everyday ,taking my time healing.

thank you everyone for your prayers and thoughts.

brian

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Djinnie
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I am glad to hear you are recovering well, and the results are good, considering what you were expecting from the size of the tumour. My tumour was just over 4 cm but was a grade 3, so the size does not always indicate a higher grading. Are your next set of scans scheduled for 6 months?

 

Djinnie

bcbigb
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next cat scan at end of dec.or early jan., 3 months after surgery.so anytime after dec.20.once results are back in jan. I will be heading back to work if everything looks good.mentally and physically should be ready by then.

thanks for all the support

brian c

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danbren2
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Joined: May 2013

Brian,

   Hope everything from here on out will be easy and just routine (well as rountine as any of us can get while fighting this dreadful cancer)!  Wishing you the best and let us know how your scans are going!

                     Best of luck and prayers for good health!

                     Brenda

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