Apr 09, 2014 - 8:45 pm
Hi! I've been lurking on this board for a while (as I wait and wait and wait for my appointment with the urologist to get here). Here's my story: I'm a 32-year-old woman who had elevated liver enzymes during a physical at the end of last year. My GI sent me for an abdominal ultrasound. My liver was fine (or so the radiologist thought then), but they found some tumors and cysts in both of my kidneys. The larger masses were a 1.2 cm tumor in the upper pole of my left kidney and a 1.6 cm tumor on the upper pole of my right kidney. I was assured that it was nothing and that I just needed a CT scan to officially diagnose them as benign. But when those results came back, surprise! They couldn't figure out if the masses were benign or RCC. To top it off, they found a 1.1 cm hypodense lesion on my liver and a 1 cm lesion on my lumbar spine. So then I was sent to a nephrologist, who assured me that i was healthy and this was nothing, but ordered an MRI just in case. The MRI was also inconclusive, and he is now sending me to the head of a urology at a major local university hospital (the urologist specializes in kidney cancer and robotic surgery). He's a highly in-demand doctor, so there has been a three week wait, and my appt is in a week. I've been so concerned and upset about the kidney masses (my grandmother died of kidney cancer at the age of 40, so I am drawing some obvious conclusions) that I never really gave a second thought to the spine and liver lesions. I was told they were nothing to worry about, but that's the same thing they told me about my kidneys! If my kidney tumors are so small, is it possible for me to have bone and liver mets that are around the same size and growing synchronously? Has anyone heard of that?