Re: Does kidney cancer affect your creatinine level?
Monte is right. He will most likely see a renal dietitian. What he can eat will depend on his lab work. While I was pre-dialysis I was on a low protein diet. That, however, is still an adequate protein diet. It is just lower than what a lot of folks normally eat. Because animal protein is hard on the kidney, you do need to cut back. I was still eating a reasonable amount though. It just means no 10 ounce steak at one sitting. Again, depending on the labwork, there are many plant sources of protein that are good including beans and legumes. If he has a problem with potassium, these may have to be limited. Try not to worry about the diet. He will receive adequate nutrition.
I'm afraid you can't go by generic recommendations found in books or on the internet. Everything he will or will not be able to eat will depend on his individual blood tests.
As for exercise, again, speaking with the doc post surgery is important. When my cousin gave me a kidney, she was not allowed to lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 6 weeks. Walking, however, is always an excellent exercise.
Best of luck.
Dxd T1 1966, 2001 dialysis, 2002 kidney transplant, 2003 insulin pump, 2008 pancreas transplant