Patient Comments: Kidney Cancer - Prognosis


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Comment from: Cindy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I've tried them all - the vinegar, the shampoos; the only thing that seems to control my tinea versicolor is the yeast pills. I went to the health food store and got them. I take 2 twice a day. I still have it, but it's not as bad. They say this stuff isn't contagious, but all 4 of my siblings have it. I remember my grandmother had it as well. Thankfully, none of our kids has it.

Comment from: martinkincaid, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I learned from an MRI impression that I have a 1.7 cm enhancing mass Bosniak 3 arising from the lower pole left kidney. The previous ultrasound study mentions this mass measures 61 Hounsfield units in attenuation. This mass was found incidentally when I went for an MRI of my right lower back due to longstanding pain. The pain in my right side of my back is unrelated to this finding of kidney cancer. After the incidental finding it was recommended I go for an ultrasound. The ultrasound impression was a 1.6 cm.

Comment from: tammy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I am a forty nine year old female I was told six months ago that I have three mass on the right side if my kidneys and cysts on my left the doctor told me they are the size of a raisin so I am to see him back on May 10, 2012. I am so scared because he told me that he was trying to c he they are going to grow but I have real bad pain but he told me that it was all in my head. Please help me.

Comment from: thankfulwife, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 27

My husband had left sided pain which they first thought was a kidney stone but then diagnosed as diverticulitis. He was in the hospital & they did a CT scan with dye and found the kidney cancer then. He was referred to a urologist who specializes in oncologic urinary tract cancer who is one of a few who remove the kidney laproscopically. It was found early with no other metasticized cancer so now he has to have a cystoscpic exam every 3 months for a year then once a year. We feel very fortunate it was found early and no chemo. Praise to God for the tests that found it before it could spread and we hope everyone who has kidney cancer will find it early like his. The specialist said this type of cancer is almost always caused from smoking which my husband had smoked for over 30 years but quit a year ago using an electronic cigarette. The Dr's approve of this method to quit since the only thing you get from the e-cig is nicotine and cigarettes have over 4,000 carcinogens in them.

Comment from: Sophiasgram, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I had weird pain on the right side of my body and my family doctor sent me for a CT scan that was 4 months ago and 5 tests later. The initial diagnosis was there was a 2 cm tumor in the beginning of my right kidney. The Urologist I saw does not do biopsies as they said that they aren't certain, so the only recourse is to remove the kidney and then they biopsy. I had robotic surgery almost 3 weeks now to remove the kidney, as it was cancerous. The doctor said that the prognosis is good as it was contained. All I have to do now is go back in a year for some tests. I tell everyone, if you have weird pains please get them checked out because that is the only symptom I had. It was caught in time.

Comment from: carol, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

After an MRI for my back I was found to have a mass the size a lemon on my left kidney and a cyst on my right kidney. I will be removing the left kidney on October 23. The doctor says he is 90 percent sure it is cancerous. After reading a few posts I am surprised to find that a lot of people with a mass or (cancerous kidney) also have a cyst on the other kidney.

Comment from: Luka, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I had a spinal tap five days ago ,I've been having severe headaches and nausea, so they did a spinal tap to see if there was any bleeding on the brain .I still don't know what's wrong or why I'm having these headaches. I was discharged the next day with Panadol. Today is day five and I feel worse than before I went to hospital. No one explained the side effects of a spinal tap. I'm still in bed can't move from the pain. I wish I had never had the spinal tap at all.

Comment from: Savalia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I went to the emergency room for something else and had a C scan done. They found an 8 cm tumor on my right kidney. I had no signs at all, just got lucky I guess that I had to have the scan. They are going to remove the whole kidney and I am scared. They did some more scans and do not see any tumors elsewhere.

Comment from: corene, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: June 25

my sister has kidney cancer, she also has a tumor, she does not wont surgery, how long can a person live like that


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Comment from: WYOGAL, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

My husband was misdiagnosed in February with kidney failure from a bacterial infection. They did an ultrasound and totally missed a huge 3-inch Level 4 Bosniak tumor on his right kidney, certainly cancer. They said at that awful hospital they had found a small 5-mm benign cyst on his right kidney that was “no big deal,” – exact words. She was cruel to him at the first hospital and they refused to call in a kidney specialist. He almost died and was in for two weeks back then. The new doctor found the tumor on last month, but I wonder why they are making him wait so long to remove his kidney? He has been to the ER three times to get stabilized since being diagnosed, is sleeping 24/7, is in serious pain, and the high power meds are not helping him. His back, shoulders, stomach, etc., hurt – especially his bones. He is itchy, has no color, no appetite, and runs a low-grade fever. We lost our life savings to his medical and insurance bills, as it took five years to get his SSDI, and not a cent of back pay. We are stuck in a place that only has two hospitals.

Comment from: Donna, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 14

My husband was in an ATV accident and while in the hospital, found he had kidney cancer. His left kidney was removed. He followed up with CT scans every 6 months and a tumor was found on his right lung. Surgeons removed the lower lobe of his lung. Two years later, another CT scan showed a brain tumor, which was also removed. He then had tumors on his spine, which were also removed and will have more surgery soon. He has recovered nicely through all of this. Keep up your good spirits and have a good outlook.

Comment from: wasaga beach, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

In 2005 I had a radical nephrectomy, in other words they removed my left kidney, left adrenal gland, spleen and a piece of my pancreas. In 2009 I had a piece of my right adrenal removed, my doctor called it a nike nick haha. It is now Nov.30 2012 still very active and plan on being around a lot longer.

Comment from: pat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I had blood in my urine 10 weeks ago. Two weeks later I finally got a CT scan. After another two week wait I went to see the surgeon who told me I have a 7 cm tumor and my kidney would have to be removed. They said I would be on the urgent surgery list. Three weeks ago they gave me a date for surgery and the next day canceled it. At this moment in time I'm still working even though I have severe back pain. But I will have to plod on until they give me a definite date.

Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: August 20

I had what I thought was tailbone pain. I let it go for about three months and finally went to the doctor. After my doctor performed a few test by pushing on my tailbone he did not think it was my tailbone at all, so he thought it was best to have a ct scan done and thats when a tumor on my right kidney was discovered. I had my right kidney and adrinal gland removed on March 5th 2012. I really had no side effects to the kidney cancer I just seem to get really tired from my adrinal gland being gone. The weird part is even though my tailbone pain had nothing to do with my kidney cancer it really saved me because it brought me in to see my doctor even though the tailbone pain is still there.

Comment from: El Torro, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 19

I'm new to all of this (regrettably). I was having some back pain and pain in the right side of my tummy. My GP sent me for an ultrasound last Wednesday and they detected a lump in a kidney. A subsequent CT scan (not originally planned) was done with the result that the "lump" was named as a cancerous tumor. Now I am waiting to hear from the next stage of treatment to get rid of this thing, which has apparently already spread to one of my lungs. I am told they do miraculous things these days. I hope they do. Moral of the story? If it hurts, get it checked.

Comment from: marie, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 07

My mom was having blood in her urine and my dad took her to the ER and they did a CT scan on her. An hour later the doctor came in the room and told her she had cancer on her kidney. Renal cell carcinoma she had her left kidney removed 11 years ago. They told her she was cancer free, but 11 years later it showed up again but this time in her stomach, lungs and her right kidney. She started treatment right away but it didn’t help she is in stage 4 she is now on hospice and they gave her 6 months that will be up in May.

Comment from: Age 70, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 16

My cardiologist ordered an echocardiogram of my heart, my heart was OK, but the technician noted that there was a spot on my left kidney. I saw my urologist who ordered a CAT scan, and it reflected a tumor 1.2cm (0.47 inches), on my left kidney, that did not appear to have invaded the interior of the kidney. I go in February 19th, for cryogenic (freezing) surgery for the removal of the tumor. I am just thankful (and lucky) that my cardiologist ordered an echocardiogram (my last was 5 years ago), and that the technician spotted the tumor on my left kidney! Full recovery is anticipated.


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