by dcpeep on Fri Jun 15, 2012 07:00 PM
I was diagnosed with a kidney mass in April and Had a right kidney removal may 16 . My dr said it was stage 3 rcc and he removed it all and stated I do not have to do anything except have a contrast ct scan in a year. Everything happened so fast I am still reeling over this . I also have to go see another Kidney stone specialist since my left kidney has a super large stone that has to be removed. I am very apprehensive at the prospect of kidney failure am I being over anxious . He did not seem too worried at my path reports should I be? thanks for any support again thanks
by MamaB on Fri Jun 15, 2012 08:09 PM
Hi and welcome to the forum.
I hope you are continuing to heal from your surgery.
Do you have an Oncologist; if not, you should have one. In my opinion, I think you should have scans at 6 months.
Keep a positive attitude, stay strong, have hope and faith.
Prayers and blessings,
by Twiddles on Fri Jun 15, 2012 09:55 PM
If you read through some of the posts on this forum, you'll see a lot of messages from people who were told they don't need any followup except a scan once in a while. WRONG! Once you've been diagnosed with cancer, especially stage III or stage IV, you need an oncologist and regular scans, more often than once a year. Even though you are cancer free now, if and when it decides to rear its ugly head, you want to catch it right away and treat it, not wait a year until the next scan finds it. In my opinion, you need a good oncologist who will carefully follow your progress. That's the only way to make sure you're staying on top of everything.
by goodday on Sat Jun 16, 2012 04:57 AM
HI . I went through simular in April 2011. yes i agree with other respondents. you need a good oncolagist. i have ct scans about every three months, I'm ok with that, one year is to long i think. I also went on a drug called Sutent which i see through this web sight it is comon for us Kidney cancer folks to go on. there are other drugs you should also discuss with you doctor. not sure about stone, stay possitive and learn how you can help your self with that , maybe diet change or something, sorry not much help. i do believe you should eat as healthy as possible and organic vegies as much as possible, lots of filtered water every day. my persian friend insist i drink my water with key limes, hey why not. I think we all need to be as pro active with our fight as we can, no Doctor is going to do it all for us. I am personally going alternative routes along with my western medicine and medical approach. Hang in there and take it as it comes with your chin up. your attitude is your most powerful. have a great night, best wishes to you. Robert
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