Renal Cancer: What are you supposed to feel after surgery?

Posted by oldirish1 @oldirish1, Mar 3, 2018

Last March I has my left kidney removed because of Renal Cancer. We thought that we had gotten everything (kidney and surrounding area plus a lymph node. After 3 months I had another cat scan and there was a new node in my right lung and another one in my right which was old and one more in my left lung. It was biopsied but not enough to get a conclusive results. So we wait another 3 months and we go through the same process and find that the new one in my right lung is renal cancer. So in January I had open chest surgery and they remove all the nodes and find another one and it was removed also. Now I wait until the end of April for another cat scan. Cancer seems to me a surgery wait 3 month for a cat scan to see if you have anything new. Then the testing process and maybe another surgery and so on. Is this the normal happening when they detect cancer in you?

@jewels5

Hi. Can anyone tell me their experience with a radical nephrectomy for kidney cancer such as how long was the surgery, recovery time, and treatment afterwards (chemo or radiation). Thank you in advance.

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Hi, @jewels5. Sorry to hear of your husband's diagnosis. I can understand your concerns. I believe that the growth of cancer is determined by the kind of cancer it is – there is no such thing as a single kind of "kidney cancer." I can only speak to the recovery from surgery part of your question, although as far as I know, radiation or chemo come after the surgery in the majority of cases. I do believe that surgery – at least in the case of kidney cancer – is the way to go. My recovery went quite well. I had pain, but traveled 200 miles two days later, and my life was back to mostly normal in six weeks. I did not require chemo or radiation. Two important points: walking is extremely important – walk as much as possible as soon after surgery as possible. Do not lift any heavy objects. Please Google everything to learn – there's a lot of information to be had. There's also some misinformation, but the more you learn, the better you will be able to judge for yourself. Lastly, I was not working at the time, but it seems to me most post surgery patients return to work in two weeks or less. It depends upon what type of work one does, and, of course, your general health and, if any, complications from surgery.
Good luck!

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@jewels5

Hi. Can anyone tell me their experience with a radical nephrectomy for kidney cancer such as how long was the surgery, recovery time, and treatment afterwards (chemo or radiation). Thank you in advance.

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Thank you for your response. It is helpful to hear from other people going through the same or similar situations. Julie

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