Re: kidney cancer "mets"
Good to hear from you. Randy has had a kidney removed and a lung removed. Both were found by a fall. The kidney cancer was found when he was out running in the dark early one AM and tripped on a water main cap( our city likes to put them in them in the middle of the sidewalk- NO COMPLAINTS HERE!!!) Anyway..... a little blood in his urine later and an ultrasound....... we underwent surgery the next day. Six years later, while out mushroom hunting he slipped down an embankment and partially collapsed a lung on a small diameter tree that had been cut off about a foot off the ground. During the Xray, the mass was discovered. The cancer was on the right side, the collapsed lung on the left. We waited over a month for the collapsed lung to heal so they could take out the lung (cancer was in lymph nodes but in order to get to them they had to remove the lung). They took the lung a year ago June 2nd. They did a PET scan on Randy at that time to decide if surgery was an option or if the cancer had spread to much His breathing is good, however the pain continues to be a problem. His kidney operation never left him w/ ongoing pain. They say they damaged nerves during this surgery. He's been in severe pain until last week. They switched his meds from Duragesic patches to methadone after we consulted the doctor about some "cheaper" meds. His pain has gone from a 7 down to a 2. Unbelievable... It really makes me mad. Randy goes back July 8th (what a coinsidence on dates....) for another CT Scan. Depending on that outcome, we will decide if we get another opinion. I had also thought about asking for a PET scan at that time. That WILL show the difference between cancer & scar tissue. I think the location of the cancer tumors must determine if they do surgery, do chemo (which they say doesn't do much) or do nothing at all. I agree with you in that there isn't much "Talk" on the boards regarding Kidney cancer and it mestations (sp) I've been here and also the lung cancer board but he technically doesn't have lung cancer but thats the only place I've found any info regarding removing lungs and its outcomes. Not alot of Kidney talk anywhere. Must go. Thanks for writing.