Apr 25, 2014 - 9:05 am
Hi everyone. I have been reading this site for a couple of months since my husband was diagnosed with kidney cancer. I have been really encouraged by you all even though I was too shy to join up.
My husband was diagnosed after an 8 day stay in hospital just before Christmas. He had severe anaemia and we never considered it could be cancer causing it. They kept giving him tests to find out where he was bleeding internally but every test colonoscopy and gastroscopy came back fine . Eventually they gave him a ct and found the mass. He was going to have a radical nephrectomy in mid February but it got cancelled 2 days before because he had an mri that showed that what we had been told was a slow growing cancer had grown really fast. He had a nephrectomy and adrenalectomy on 27 February 2014. They were considering removing his spleen and pancreas too but we found out later they thought that he mightn't survive that. His tumour was 13 cm and extended into the adrenal gland. It was a fuhrman grade 4 with extensive sarcomatiod change and rhabdoid morphology. He is doing really well since his op and his anaemia has gone so he is feeling heaps better. He has been offered 5 weeks of radiation but has been told it is his choice whether to have it. The surgeon said he doesn't think he got it all and it may come back anywhere now but they would give him radiation where they removed the kidney.
Has anyone else had radiation where the kidney was removed from? Does it really reduce the chance of it gowing back there? He is having a ct scan on Wednesday which should tell us more about if there are any mets.