Oct 16, 2012 - 11:55 am
I just signed up for this site recently. I'm 51 years old, and was diagnosed about a month ago with Stage 1 RCC in my left kidney, with a 3.5cm tumor, and have been scheduled for surgery on Nov. 16th. My urologist said waiting a couple of months for surgery would be ok as the cancer appears to be slow-growing. I had a CT scan done which showed it had not spread, so my prognosis is quite good, thankfully. There is a good chance I may be "cured" with surgery alone...I'm praying.
I read on this forum someone's post where they indicated they had the mass on their kidney a couple of years before, but it was showing as only a "shadow". I had the same thing, my urologist looked at a CT scan I had done 3 years ago for another reason, and said he could see an area of concern. So I very well may have had this tumor for 3-5 years, more or less.
I also have fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis, which has made it difficult to figure out what is aching and for what reason. Some of my areas of weakness have been my left shoulder and mid and lower back, and I also have irritable bladder. Over the past year I have been seeing these symptoms worsen, and thinking it was just the fibromyalgia. I have been doing some research, and wondering if I'm actually starting to have symptoms of the cancer. The back pain and discomfort seems to be focused on my left mid and lower flank. I'm also urinating more frequently and having a lot of discomfort with it. I've also been having some hot flashes, especially at night, and a general feeling of malaise. Again, it's hard to know if the cancer could be causing or affecting my other "baskets" of symptoms.
Sorry for this drawn-out post but just wanted to initiate some discussion here and hopefully hear from others on their experiences.