Re: My Scan Results for followup of Renal Cell Carcinoma

Posted by azkidney57 @azkidney57, Nov 5, 2019

So I have my scan results, MRI and Chest CT. They found a 2.7 cm lucent lesion in the left lobe of my liver. The report stated it was likely a complex cyst. I don’t know if I should worry about this or not. So I have not Mets from the RCC, but I have a liver lesion. I can’t find anything that makes sense to me regarding a “lucent lesion” in the internet. What is a “lucent liver lesion”?

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@nobody

Today after reading your post and others response I cried haven’t took time to cry in 12 years

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@nobody. I’m glad you were finally able to cry. I know that many feel that crying is a weakness, but I find that it can be a first step in getting better. And you’ve reached out to MayoClinicConnect—that’s another big step. Your not feeling that you have to be strong all the time and letting yourself cry, helps others to see that they, too, can put aside stoicism and ask for help. Thank you for helping. Would you like to share some positive memories of your husband and sons? We’d like to listen

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@colleenyoung

Dear @azkidney57, I just made myself a steaming cup of magnificent herbal tea. It's a lovely mixture of mint and ginger. Can you imagine for a minute that I just set a big mug of it in front of you? Now, as we sit together, let's put the news you've received into manageable boxes and open one at a time.

Being a patient is a big job. It's not one you applied for and certainly not one you wanted. But it is the most important one you have right now. You can do this.

Your body has betrayed you. It's okay to feel that way. But it's your body and you're going to take care of it and love it, even if it betrayed you. Right?

Yes, scans cause anxiety. But they also give you and your team very valuable information to know what actions need to be taken. Lucency is a technical term for an area that lets X-rays through the tissue and as a result appears darker on the picture. On a CT scan, lucent lesion in the kidney indicates an area of a different density from the surrounding tissue. The technician reading your scans suspects that this lesion might be complex cyst, but more testing will be required to confirm the suspicion and to determine whether the lesion is benign or not. Simple and complex cysts are very common. Here's more information:
https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=renal-cyst
https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/by_the_way_doctor_should_i_be_worried_about_a_kidney_cyst

Information may make you worry. But it can also help equip you. With this information, you can ask informed questions of your care team. You know that this needs followup, so you will make sure that happens.

Of course, you are anxious. And that's okay. It's an absolutely normal response to getting scary news and being faced with the unknown. No, you have not been labeled as more anxious than the average patient. Anxiety and cancer are best friends with each other (unfortunately). One rarely goes without the other. It's NORMAL. The good news is that your cancer center can offer you help. They have social workers. I strongly suggest you see a social worker. They are amazing and should be a part of every cancer patient's team.

I hope that talking with members here on Connect can help with the times in between doctor visits. We do care! Let me know when you're ready for another cup of tea. Okay?

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I was. At Mayo MN this past week and I found out that I not only have end stage liver disease and now I got kidney cancer

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@racing212

I was. At Mayo MN this past week and I found out that I not only have end stage liver disease and now I got kidney cancer

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Thinking of you, Mayo will have options

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@racing212

I was. At Mayo MN this past week and I found out that I not only have end stage liver disease and now I got kidney cancer

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@racing212, what do you know about the cancer at this point? Do you know what stage it is and what the treatment plan is?

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Last fall it was 1.1 center meters and as of Tuesday it 1.2 . They are going to watch it for now. I go back in August

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@racing212

I was. At Mayo MN this past week and I found out that I not only have end stage liver disease and now I got kidney cancer

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Sending prayers!!

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@racing212

Last fall it was 1.1 center meters and as of Tuesday it 1.2 . They are going to watch it for now. I go back in August

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Racing212: I was diagnosed with RCC in April 2008; it metasized to my brain in Dec 2009. I was given 6 months to live. I'm still around. Stparker54

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