A CT scan revealed a 1.8 x 2.5 centimeter soft tissue mass on my right kidney. Urologist says it is most likely cancer and he is not inclined to biopsy it. He recommended having part of the kidney removed. Or I could wait six months and have another scan done then. The urologist indicated this type of tumor is slow growing. I idea of waiting is not appealing in that there's a chance of cancer spread to the lungs or bones. Anyone have experience with cancer surgery?
My mother-in-law had her surgery just yesterday, with the same grim dx. Apparently, they did not have to remove as much of the kidney as expected and they also think it may not be cancerous.....so who knows until they actually get in and verify.
btw, she's doing quite well.
DX in May 2011, Age 52, Stage T2c, GG 8-10, PSA=10.6 no symptoms.
CT & BS neg, high risk disease EBR + Brachy Seed Implants + HT
50mg of Bicalutamide first 30 days, 22.5 mg Lupron for 12 months
Nov 2011, undetectable
Feb 2012, undetectable T=1.66
Nov 2012, 0.29 T=4.0
May 2013, 0.32 T=5.11