Hello my name is Fishknees and I have kidney cancer.
I am 62 years old female and about 10 pounds overweight. I think I am in good shape physically.
On March 2, 2012 I had an ultra sound for a gallbladder that was acting up. I went for a week vacation and when I got home I found I was scheduled for gallbladder removal on March 14.
After I received the report, I saw that there a mention of “a complex 2.4 cm right renal mass. One portion is cystic, however there is an adjacent solid component.” At that time I cancelled the gallbladder surgery. I was lucky to have found this mass early, however the surgeon that was going to do the gallbladder did not mention it. I saw it when he faxed me the report.
I then made an appointment at Mayo Clinic with an Urologist. Luckily, I got in on the same day from a cancellation. Since that time I have had blood work, urinalysis and an MRI with contrast.
The MRI has shown:
“A 2.2 cm solid enhancing mass extending exophyically from the right superior renal pole. It contains an 11 mm cystic component. No apparent invasion into Gerota’s fascia. The renal veins and IVC are patent. A 7 mm simple cyst is noted in the left superior renal pole. No additional renal lesions. No hydronephrosis. No adenopathy. No suspicious osseous lesions. “
I am trying to figure out what this all means. I sure hope I spelled everything correctly.
I had an appointment 3-23-2012 with the surgeon and he has scheduled me for removal of the mass on April 13, 2012. He did tell me that there is one problem that the mass is very close to a vein or artery I can’t remember which. He will be doing it with the DaVinci procedure. He said that the worst he would have to do would leave me with 5/8’s of my kidney?
I know that I am very lucky that it was caught small and early. But, I am very afraid. I feel terrible even saying that after reading much of what you all are going or have gone through.
I will be having a CAT scan with contrast before the surgery. I am even afraid of the needle they use to do the contrast. They blew two veins and I have a large black and blue mark still from the MRI.
Needless to say I am a baby when it comes to pain and needles.
I am just wondering what you all think. If you can make anything more out of the MRI with the cystic masses or anything else they have said. I am trying to look up everything but it is hard when I am so unfamiliar with this.
I am very nervous about the surgery.(20 days to go). I did have a complete hysterectomy in 2000 and the pain after that was overwhelming. I don’t know what I am going to do if this is as bad. Does anyone else have a comparison to an open total hysterectomy regarding pain after surgery?
Thank you all for listening to my story. I know I am very lucky.
I wish you all the best of luck.
Any information you can provide would be appreciated. You all sound like a great supportive group
Have a great evening!
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