Oct 14, 2013 - 12:18 pm
Hi, everyone! This is my first time posting (though I spent some time reading before my surgery). THANK YOU to those of you who have posted your stories. They were incredibly helpful in letting me know what to expect, and what questions to ask. This experience would have been far worse if you guys hadn't prepared me -- and, for that, my family & I are VERY THANKFUL!! :)
My name is Terri. I'm 46, and my kidney cancer was discovered accidentally by an abdominal/pelvis CT scan that was done for something completely unrelated. I found out about my mass on Sept. 19 -- and had an open radical nephrectomy on Oct. 2. Cancer was confirmed by pathology -- renal cell carcinoma -- at stage 1B. According to my urologist, the complete nephrectomy ended up being the correct decision, because the tumor was a little larger and had spread a little more than the CT scan showed. If I had had a partial, chances are good some of the cancer would have been missed.
12 days post-op, and I'm feeling really good. Still some minor incision pain (completely controlled by pain meds) -- particularly where my new incision crosses my c-section scar. WOW -- does THAT hurt (when I'm getting up or sitting down). My energy level is CRAP, but I know it will continue to improve. I'm relatively mobile (even went for a short walk outside yesterday), but my appetite sucks. When I do eat, it's generally not more than a few spoonfuls. :)
I have a surgery follow-up appt. on Nov. 6, then appointments with my urologist and an oncologist in January. I have no idea what to expect with the oncology appt. -- if anyone can fill me in, I would be VERY grateful!!!