Aug 29, 2012 - 11:22 am
I had a radical nephrectomy Aug 30, 2010. I am coming up on my second anniversary!
I'm in a slightly odd situation, doctor-wise. My wife works in an MRI center, and we found the mass on my kidney, as I was being a guinea pig for them to tweak their MRI protocols. The radiologist at her MRI center told me to get it checked out. My brother-in-law is a radiologist, and he said it was likely kidney cancer-- make an appointment with a urologist.
Urologist ordered a CT scan. Confirmed likely kidney cancer, and scheduled surgery. Surgery went well. One followup to urologist to remove the staples, and he advised me to have an annual CT for the next 5 years. Since then, the urologist moved out of state to join another practice, so he is pretty much out of the picture.
This all happened totally outside of my regular doctor. I rarely went to the doctor, anyway.
Last year, the first anniversary of my surgery, I needed an order to get the CT scan, so I went to my doctor for that. CT was clean, nothing of note or interest.
Now as I approach my second anniversary, I'm wondering about the wisdom of subjecting myself to that heavy dose of radiation (CT). Which is the bigger risk-- not finding something, or the radiation itself causing damage/cancer?
At this point, no one will remind me, or schedule a CT, unless I initiate it.
What has everyone else's post-nephrectomy annual (for 5 years) follow up regimen been?