Jun 05, 2012 - 6:37 am
On May 1, I heard those dreaded words that have changed my life: the CT scan shows a 6 cm mass on your kidney. I knew what it meant. I did not know anything about Renal Cell Carcinoma then, but my assumption was it comes out immediately. Dr felt differently, and medical research supports the doctor.
This will be the first real surgery that I have had. Because of how the tumor lies within the kidney, I will have a radical nephrectomy, but laproscopically.
The funny thing is I am not sure if I was asymptomatic or not. For a while, I have been tired. Feeling drained at times in the afternoon. I was going to mention it to my Dr. I was not sure if something was wrong or it was middle age (I am 48, male). I also have pressure type pain in my right back (near my kidney). If I press against it (to rub it out like a muscle), I get a weird sensation and get very hot. I will know soon if these have anything to do with the cancer.
Going forward, the biggest concern is my other kidney: the cancer is certainly genetic, and can it start in my left kidney?
Oh, and the good thing about insurance companies is the fights with them take your mind off the cancer.