Oct 07, 2013 - 11:26 am
Just curious to see what the post-op standard of care (in regards to scans) is with those in similar circumstances as mine. I will be flying to Oklahoma City in November to have my first set of scans since having a radical nephrectomy on May 29th, and by scans, I mean a chest x-ray. I am also scheduled to have a CBC (complete blood count) and CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel, i think). That's it.
Recently, it was suggested to me by another member of this elite group, that a chest x-ray may not be sufficient screening. Now I'm worried that my doctor should be doing more and I'm not sure how to broach the subject with him.
Because my tumor was relatively small at just 4.7 cm, contained to the kidney and had clear margins, I assumed I would require the very minimal of care. My adrenal gland was not removed nor were lymph nodes biopsied, so, in my mind, my case was pretty text book, which might explain why I'm only having a chest x-ray vs a ct scan. I understand that this cancer often mets to the lungs, but doesn't it make since to keep a watchful eye on my now, lone kidney?
My tumor was stage 1, grade 2, Clear Cell RCC. Anybody else with similar tumor size and type, I'd love to know what your first set of post-op scans consisted of.
I had blood work done at my 6 week post-op check up and my doctor's nurse told me if there's a concern with my blood work, they'll call me. I never heard back from her so I can only assume everything was OK. But, shouldn't I be told what my kidney function is, rather than just being told that no news is good news? Am I being too passive?