Could we discuss recurrence's and the particular's surrounding them?

LISAinTN
LISAinTN Member Posts: 143
Hi Everyone,

In June of this year, I was diagnosed with RCC. I had a partial left nephrectomy on July 22nd. My pathology diagnosis was:

RCC
Clear Cell Type
Fuhrman Grade 1
Greatest Dimension was 2.2 CM.
Negative for Extrarenal Extension
Negative for Angiolymphatic Invasion
Parenchymal Margin Negative, 0.1 CM AWAY.

I was told my chance of recurrence was 5% or less, but after reading posts here, I fear it returning. Those of you with recurrence's, what were your particular's? Did any of you with small tumor's like mine have recurrence's? Thank you.

Blessings,
Lisa
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  • icemantoo
    icemantoo Member Posts: 3,360 Member
    Chances for recurrance
    Dear Lisa,


    Sounds like from your information that you have two (2) chances for recurrance. Slim and none. The 5% chance of slim is probably highly exadurated. Those posts that you have read with recurrance undoudtably started with a lot more baggage going in.

    Best wishes,

    Icemantoo
  • LISAinTN
    LISAinTN Member Posts: 143
    icemantoo said:

    Chances for recurrance
    Dear Lisa,


    Sounds like from your information that you have two (2) chances for recurrance. Slim and none. The 5% chance of slim is probably highly exadurated. Those posts that you have read with recurrance undoudtably started with a lot more baggage going in.

    Best wishes,

    Icemantoo

    Thank you.
    Thanks Icemantoo. That made me smile. I hope you're right. I feel like I'm looking over my shoulder all the time now waiting to have a recurrence. I'll try and put it out of my head. Thanks again.

    Blessings,
    Lisa
  • Minnesota Girl
    Minnesota Girl Member Posts: 119
    great subject
    Lisa -

    Thanks for starting the conversation. These very same questions have been weighing on my mind, too. I am 43 and had a lap radical nephrectomy and andrenal removal on July 6. Our stories are pretty similar. My pathology was:

    Clear cell renal carcinoma
    Stage pT1a, PN0, pM0
    Fuhrman grade 3
    greatest dimension 2.5 CM
    limited to the kidney with no extension into the sinus or perirenal fat or adrenal gland
    all margins free of carcinoma

    All told, these are all good news. We have consulted with a renal cell oncologist and have learned the Furhman grade 3 gives me a higher possibility of recurrence than you might have. Current course of action is blood work and CT with contrast every three months.

    I would be curious to know of others on the board with a profile like mine.

    Amy
  • BG
    BG Member Posts: 85 Member

    great subject
    Lisa -

    Thanks for starting the conversation. These very same questions have been weighing on my mind, too. I am 43 and had a lap radical nephrectomy and andrenal removal on July 6. Our stories are pretty similar. My pathology was:

    Clear cell renal carcinoma
    Stage pT1a, PN0, pM0
    Fuhrman grade 3
    greatest dimension 2.5 CM
    limited to the kidney with no extension into the sinus or perirenal fat or adrenal gland
    all margins free of carcinoma

    All told, these are all good news. We have consulted with a renal cell oncologist and have learned the Furhman grade 3 gives me a higher possibility of recurrence than you might have. Current course of action is blood work and CT with contrast every three months.

    I would be curious to know of others on the board with a profile like mine.

    Amy

    Hi Lisa,
    I feel similar to

    Hi Lisa,

    I feel similar to you.

    I am 48 and had a lap partial nephrectomy via davinci robot on July 28th. My pathology was:

    Chromophobe renal carcinoma
    Stage pT1a, PN0, pM0
    Fuhrman grade 2
    greatest dimension 3.9 CM
    limited to the kidney with no extension into the sinus or perirenal fat or adrenal gland
    all margins free of carcinoma

    Even though they said we got it all, I worry. I have an oncologist appointment the 29th of August, and hope for reassurance. However, I am a planner, and also scheduled the appointment just in case (at least I would already have an oncologist following my case).

    I wish you and Amy the very best.

    Brent
  • Jamie1.3cm
    Jamie1.3cm Member Posts: 188
    BG said:

    Hi Lisa,
    I feel similar to

    Hi Lisa,

    I feel similar to you.

    I am 48 and had a lap partial nephrectomy via davinci robot on July 28th. My pathology was:

    Chromophobe renal carcinoma
    Stage pT1a, PN0, pM0
    Fuhrman grade 2
    greatest dimension 3.9 CM
    limited to the kidney with no extension into the sinus or perirenal fat or adrenal gland
    all margins free of carcinoma

    Even though they said we got it all, I worry. I have an oncologist appointment the 29th of August, and hope for reassurance. However, I am a planner, and also scheduled the appointment just in case (at least I would already have an oncologist following my case).

    I wish you and Amy the very best.

    Brent

    small tumors
    Renal Cell Carcinoma
    Clear cell
    stage 1-2
    size 2cm
    no extensions

    I, too, was told recurrence chances were about 5%. Tumors don't start to spread until they are much larger -- ah, the importance of early detection! Kidney tumors are also very slow growing. If we keep our follow up ct scans over the next few years, you and I should both be fine.
  • RobFrom1956
    RobFrom1956 Member Posts: 13

    small tumors
    Renal Cell Carcinoma
    Clear cell
    stage 1-2
    size 2cm
    no extensions

    I, too, was told recurrence chances were about 5%. Tumors don't start to spread until they are much larger -- ah, the importance of early detection! Kidney tumors are also very slow growing. If we keep our follow up ct scans over the next few years, you and I should both be fine.

    These details...
    Wow, I didn't know about these "stats" on tumors. Did your doctor tell you this information..(the stage, size, scale, etc)?
  • BG
    BG Member Posts: 85 Member

    These details...
    Wow, I didn't know about these "stats" on tumors. Did your doctor tell you this information..(the stage, size, scale, etc)?

    Hi Rob, the pathology report
    Hi Rob, the pathology report will give these details, which should be discussed with the urological surgeon. I am currently scheduled to also see a RCC oncologist for a second opinion on the pathology slides and subtype to ensure they are correct.

    There were some details that were not on the pathology report that my urologist provided.

    Brent
  • donna_lee
    donna_lee Member Posts: 1,024 Member
    BG said:

    Hi Rob, the pathology report
    Hi Rob, the pathology report will give these details, which should be discussed with the urological surgeon. I am currently scheduled to also see a RCC oncologist for a second opinion on the pathology slides and subtype to ensure they are correct.

    There were some details that were not on the pathology report that my urologist provided.

    Brent

    Yes that is plural. But I'm a survivor.
    Short Version-late June 2006
    Clear Cell RCC
    Stage IV (we knew going into surgery, as there was already a mass in the liver)
    T2, M2, N1
    R. Kidney removed with 12.5x 8.5x 4 cm tumor (a medium baking potato)
    L. lobe of liver removed with 3x4 cm tumor
    Several wedges removed from R. lobe of liver, but frozen slides were benign
    Gall bladder removed-congenital defect and wasn't draining properly
    Set of nodes removed with 2 of 11 positive
    Fuhrman upgraded from II-III to a III-IV after finals on exams
    Surgeons felt they had removed all active sites
    No follow up drugs as the Oncologist at the teaching hospital said I didn't fit any paramaters for drug trials, and with no active sites to track, I would be subjecting myself to possibly unnecessary side effets in a shotgun approach.
    Three CT's later and oops, a node is enlarging
    Needle biopsy confirmation and surgery on July 3, 2007
    More Ct's, oops another node is enlarging
    PET scan as it couldn't be reached to biopsy, more surgery on June 26, 2008
    Thus far, a couple of close together re-checks, lots of scans, blood work, etc., and I'm still here to talk about it.
    The odds I was given on May 10, 2006 was survival for 5-7 months. I was not ready to say my farewells by Christmas that year, so I leapt at the chance for surgery then, and each time afterward.
    Statistics are meant to be broken, and I plan to outlive any of the data doctors have been tracking.
    It's weird to know we are all bits and pieces of data, our old cells have been frozen for research, our DNA will be examined.
    Lets help those docs be able to give better prognosis advice to future patients. Be a survivor.
    Donna
  • RobFrom1956
    RobFrom1956 Member Posts: 13
    BG said:

    Hi Rob, the pathology report
    Hi Rob, the pathology report will give these details, which should be discussed with the urological surgeon. I am currently scheduled to also see a RCC oncologist for a second opinion on the pathology slides and subtype to ensure they are correct.

    There were some details that were not on the pathology report that my urologist provided.

    Brent

    OK, thanks for the info
    I will have to check with my brother to see if he has these numbers...

    Also, he went to see one of his specialists last Friday and was severely "bummed-out"...they are putting his chance of recurrence at around 40%...anyone else in the same boat?

    Prayers and Best Wishes to ALL.
  • skipnonu
    skipnonu Member Posts: 2
    Worried about recurrence
    I am also worried about recurrence, This is my first post. I am sooo happy I found you all here, it really makes me emotional. It is nice to not feel so alone in this. Quickie about me Stage 1 Ta or Tb I forget which, No Mo, 4.2 CM Left Kidney upon first surgery, Radical Partial Nephrectomy. Feb 2008. 2nd surgery, Adrenalectomy left side, May 2010 (I think it may have been something missed or to small to see after first surgery)Adrenalectomy went poorly was in the hospital all summer off and on bad infection sepsis ect, I really think I had a bad reaction to the anesthesia. I didn't heal until Nov 2011, Major hernia appears Mid Oct 2010, Jan 2011 hernia surgery. CAT scans all clear through Sept 2011, But here is my concern. I have high Hematocrit, RBC, and Hemoglobin, on my blood test. My Oncologist is going to run a battery of test for things like COPD, Polycythemia, ect, but I had a CAT scan about 1-2 weeks ago with the blood test, CT was clear, Blood test not clear. So the Oncologist believes this is going to become a recurrence, any thoughts on this? It has my fiance and me extremely worried. I always try to keep positive but as you all know when something is wrong man it sure shakes a person up. I will post more in the future. And Once again I sure am glad I found you folks here, it has brought me so much comfort in the 3 days I have been a member. Take care of yourselfs.
  • reichstall
    reichstall Member Posts: 2
    skipnonu said:

    Worried about recurrence
    I am also worried about recurrence, This is my first post. I am sooo happy I found you all here, it really makes me emotional. It is nice to not feel so alone in this. Quickie about me Stage 1 Ta or Tb I forget which, No Mo, 4.2 CM Left Kidney upon first surgery, Radical Partial Nephrectomy. Feb 2008. 2nd surgery, Adrenalectomy left side, May 2010 (I think it may have been something missed or to small to see after first surgery)Adrenalectomy went poorly was in the hospital all summer off and on bad infection sepsis ect, I really think I had a bad reaction to the anesthesia. I didn't heal until Nov 2011, Major hernia appears Mid Oct 2010, Jan 2011 hernia surgery. CAT scans all clear through Sept 2011, But here is my concern. I have high Hematocrit, RBC, and Hemoglobin, on my blood test. My Oncologist is going to run a battery of test for things like COPD, Polycythemia, ect, but I had a CAT scan about 1-2 weeks ago with the blood test, CT was clear, Blood test not clear. So the Oncologist believes this is going to become a recurrence, any thoughts on this? It has my fiance and me extremely worried. I always try to keep positive but as you all know when something is wrong man it sure shakes a person up. I will post more in the future. And Once again I sure am glad I found you folks here, it has brought me so much comfort in the 3 days I have been a member. Take care of yourselfs.

    waiting
    I know this is bad i had surgey in aug 11 real bad time did not care what they called it how big it was or anything like that just that he said he got it all.Now with out looking i have no idea when my follow up is.I refuse to let this run my life.It is going to be what it is worry for 3 months will not change it.If there is any way you can just put it in the back of your mind i would try to do that.
  • lbinmsp
    lbinmsp Member Posts: 266
    2001 - Clear Cell RCC - Open Radical Nephrectomy (with adrenal gland)
    Grade 2 - T1 - N0 - M0 (tumor was 6.5 cm)

    2005 - An early breast cancer

    2006 - RCC recurrence - metastasized to right lung - right lower lobectomy

    2011 - RCC recurrence - metastasized to pancreas - two tumors 4 cm and 6 cm.

    With RCC there seems to be no absolutes. All any of us can do is be vigilant - have regular (thorough) followup - and if you aren't, INSIST on it. Mine seems to be on a 5 year clock and in between - I just keep on living!
  • jhsu
    jhsu Member Posts: 80
    May 2008
    Stage IV RCC
    Clear Cell Type
    T2 N0 M1 (one nodule met to left lung)
    Radical left kidney nephrectomy

    June 2008
    Surgical Removed the left lung nodule

    July 2009 (recurrence)
    CT found a 0.9cm nodule in right lung
    Considered taking target therapy
    End up do noting, just put on watch

    June 2010
    The nodule got bigger (1.1cm), still the only one
    Got it surgical removed

    September 2011
    NED
    Still alive and kicking

    Jon
  • lbinmsp
    lbinmsp Member Posts: 266
    lbinmsp said:

    2001 - Clear Cell RCC - Open Radical Nephrectomy (with adrenal gland)
    Grade 2 - T1 - N0 - M0 (tumor was 6.5 cm)

    2005 - An early breast cancer

    2006 - RCC recurrence - metastasized to right lung - right lower lobectomy

    2011 - RCC recurrence - metastasized to pancreas - two tumors 4 cm and 6 cm.

    With RCC there seems to be no absolutes. All any of us can do is be vigilant - have regular (thorough) followup - and if you aren't, INSIST on it. Mine seems to be on a 5 year clock and in between - I just keep on living!

    The truth about recurrances
    Nobody really wants to talk about them. This subject pops up every once in a while but as soon as people actually SAY they've had recurrances,the thread dries up like Death Valley (pun intended). Just sayin' ........................................................
  • jhsu
    jhsu Member Posts: 80
    lbinmsp said:

    The truth about recurrances
    Nobody really wants to talk about them. This subject pops up every once in a while but as soon as people actually SAY they've had recurrances,the thread dries up like Death Valley (pun intended). Just sayin' ........................................................

    More on recurrence
    I think most survivors put their defense line right on the recurrence itself, mentally and physically. People are so scare of recurrence as to pretending it will NEVER happen. And when it really hits, just collapse like a landslide.

    If we shift the line onward to the point expecting recurrence and prepare for it then it will not be a taboo for us to talk about it any more. By bringing recurrence out from the dark, we actually are taking offence position to deal with recurrences.

    My priority to deal with recurrence is to prepare for the worst and then hope for the best.

    Jon
  • garym
    garym Member Posts: 1,647
    jhsu said:

    More on recurrence
    I think most survivors put their defense line right on the recurrence itself, mentally and physically. People are so scare of recurrence as to pretending it will NEVER happen. And when it really hits, just collapse like a landslide.

    If we shift the line onward to the point expecting recurrence and prepare for it then it will not be a taboo for us to talk about it any more. By bringing recurrence out from the dark, we actually are taking offence position to deal with recurrences.

    My priority to deal with recurrence is to prepare for the worst and then hope for the best.

    Jon

    Truer words were never spoken...
    To the fighters I admire most,

    It was two years ago today that I was diagnosed with RCC and as I reflect on the events that have transpired since I realize that it is the stories of those of you that repeatedly have battled this disease that I am most grateful for. The courage and attitude you share has helped me, and I'm sure many others, fight not just the fear of recurrence but the fear of cancer as a whole. Should the day come when I am told that "its back" I hope that I am strong enough to follow your examples. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and my remaining kidney, you are heroes in my book. Lets keep this thread alive.

    Sincerely,

    Gary
  • lbinmsp
    lbinmsp Member Posts: 266
    garym said:

    Truer words were never spoken...
    To the fighters I admire most,

    It was two years ago today that I was diagnosed with RCC and as I reflect on the events that have transpired since I realize that it is the stories of those of you that repeatedly have battled this disease that I am most grateful for. The courage and attitude you share has helped me, and I'm sure many others, fight not just the fear of recurrence but the fear of cancer as a whole. Should the day come when I am told that "its back" I hope that I am strong enough to follow your examples. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, and my remaining kidney, you are heroes in my book. Lets keep this thread alive.

    Sincerely,

    Gary

    It's odd
    but I don't feel like a wooohooo survivor or anything else. None of my doctors expected a recurrance based on the intial path report but with the first one I was surprisingly OK. I knew it was small(three very small tumors in the lower lung) and I knew they could surgically resect it. Recovery from that was a cake-walk compared to the open radical. This last one didn't really surprise me either. I'd been feeling crappy (extreme fatigue - upper abdominal pain) - but didn't have a clue that it could have gone to the pancreas. Apparently this is extremely rare (OH JOY).

    After having my scans/biopsy slides sent to a couple of other places, it's been determined that it's inoperable. So - next we look at what else might work. Through it all I'm fine. I know for sure that this battle is God's and I'm just along for the ride.

    I hope that anyone who reads this will take a couple of things away - first, really try to live life in the 'what is'. You may never have a recurrance (I pray for each of you)and to spend your precious life fretting about what might be is such a waste of time. Having said that, listen to your body! If something is going on that is not normal for you - or if you have some odd intermittent pain - get checked out! If you're not being followed closely (and I'm talking every six months) for the first 3 years minimum (preferably 5 years), insist on it! Had I not been followed this closely, the lung recurrance could have been missed and not found until I was serious trouble.

    I also want people to know that a recurrance isn't the end! I'm now 10+ years out from the original diagnosis and, regardless of this latest speed-bump, I still feel mostly fine, am still making plans for my life and my future! As I've told my friends, none of us knows what tomorrow will bring. Car accidents, muggings, skiing accidents - whatever! Just because we have cancer (or have had cancer) doesn't mean anything. Those are just words - scary words for sure - but I have never seen a 'you will die on this date' sign on anybody.
  • Minnesota Girl
    Minnesota Girl Member Posts: 119
    lbinmsp said:

    It's odd
    but I don't feel like a wooohooo survivor or anything else. None of my doctors expected a recurrance based on the intial path report but with the first one I was surprisingly OK. I knew it was small(three very small tumors in the lower lung) and I knew they could surgically resect it. Recovery from that was a cake-walk compared to the open radical. This last one didn't really surprise me either. I'd been feeling crappy (extreme fatigue - upper abdominal pain) - but didn't have a clue that it could have gone to the pancreas. Apparently this is extremely rare (OH JOY).

    After having my scans/biopsy slides sent to a couple of other places, it's been determined that it's inoperable. So - next we look at what else might work. Through it all I'm fine. I know for sure that this battle is God's and I'm just along for the ride.

    I hope that anyone who reads this will take a couple of things away - first, really try to live life in the 'what is'. You may never have a recurrance (I pray for each of you)and to spend your precious life fretting about what might be is such a waste of time. Having said that, listen to your body! If something is going on that is not normal for you - or if you have some odd intermittent pain - get checked out! If you're not being followed closely (and I'm talking every six months) for the first 3 years minimum (preferably 5 years), insist on it! Had I not been followed this closely, the lung recurrance could have been missed and not found until I was serious trouble.

    I also want people to know that a recurrance isn't the end! I'm now 10+ years out from the original diagnosis and, regardless of this latest speed-bump, I still feel mostly fine, am still making plans for my life and my future! As I've told my friends, none of us knows what tomorrow will bring. Car accidents, muggings, skiing accidents - whatever! Just because we have cancer (or have had cancer) doesn't mean anything. Those are just words - scary words for sure - but I have never seen a 'you will die on this date' sign on anybody.

    Thank you for sharing
    I can't really speak to recurrences - at four months out from surgery, I hardy feel qualified as a survivor! But, I do want to thank all of you for sharing your perspective. No one us wants it, but the reality is recurrences DO happen.

    I'll have my first scan next month and my husband and I are in the same mindset - we want it to be clear, and have no reason to expect it won't be. BUT - we are prepared for it to be something more. I think it's an emotional protective stance. I've wonder if the worry lessens after a few clean scans, but I kind of feel I will always be glancing over my shoulder.
  • jhsu
    jhsu Member Posts: 80

    Thank you for sharing
    I can't really speak to recurrences - at four months out from surgery, I hardy feel qualified as a survivor! But, I do want to thank all of you for sharing your perspective. No one us wants it, but the reality is recurrences DO happen.

    I'll have my first scan next month and my husband and I are in the same mindset - we want it to be clear, and have no reason to expect it won't be. BUT - we are prepared for it to be something more. I think it's an emotional protective stance. I've wonder if the worry lessens after a few clean scans, but I kind of feel I will always be glancing over my shoulder.

    Living With Uncertainty: The Fear of Cancer Recurrence
    This article is talking about cancer recurrence in general not RCC in particular.

    Here's the link:

    http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SurvivorshipDuringandAfterTreatment/UnderstandingRecurrence/LivingWithUncertainty/living-with-uncertainty-toc
  • rae_rae
    rae_rae Member Posts: 300 Member

    Thank you for sharing
    I can't really speak to recurrences - at four months out from surgery, I hardy feel qualified as a survivor! But, I do want to thank all of you for sharing your perspective. No one us wants it, but the reality is recurrences DO happen.

    I'll have my first scan next month and my husband and I are in the same mindset - we want it to be clear, and have no reason to expect it won't be. BUT - we are prepared for it to be something more. I think it's an emotional protective stance. I've wonder if the worry lessens after a few clean scans, but I kind of feel I will always be glancing over my shoulder.

    I have not had a recurrence
    I have not had a recurrence but I went through about a month being told and believing a recurrence had occurred. I must admit from the time of my surgery until that diagnosis, albeit misdiagnosed, I was sitting around, depressed, waiting for it to happen.

    Sure I tried to tell everyone, including myself, that life was great and I wasn't wasting energy thinking about cancer. But it was a dark cloud hanging over me for nine months. I was afraid to get my hopes up and "live".

    The day I got my diagnosis, I walked out of the doctors office and broke down like I never had in my life. But that was what "jumpstarted" me back to living life again. I had been so void of emotions for so long. I believe I was releasing a year's worth of emotions that day. While I am grateful that it wasn't cancer, I am glad I went through the experience. I learned a lot, was able to find new docs thanks to so much support here and know I will be able to handle it if it does occur. Trust me, we do read everything here. Every single experience someone goes through has significance to someone somewhere, someday. We fear the unknown. Knowledge conquers many fears. Keep posting. I want to know how people are doing. What's working. What's not. I have learned so much from others going through this- much more than the doctors could ever dream of telling.
    Rae