Frequency of scans for RCC under surveillance
7 months ago I had a right nephrectomy for RCC. I am stage 3 grade 2 no Mets. A RCC oncologist in another city recommended MRI abd/ pelvis and chest CT every 3 months. My oncologist in the city where I live recommends scans every 4 months. I ask why can’t I have scans every 6 months? My tumor was mostly grade 1 with less than 5 % grade 2. I was told my tumor took a long time to form. Wouldn’t Mets take time to form? The body kills off cancer cells why can’t I count on my immune system to kill off Mets? All the oncologists I have seen, there were four of them, tell me I have a higher chance of cancer recurrence because of my tumor size and because the tumor was in the Renal vein and surrounding renal fat. My adrenal gland and lymph nodes were negative. My October 2019 scans were clear no evidence of cancer. My surgeon told me the tumor was all in the lower pole of my kidney and he saw no evidence of Mets. I was told by the oncologist micromets are the issue. I want to do want is best for me without subjecting myself to excessive scans.