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?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @jewels5 — welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I have merged your post with this one talking about renal cancer and kidney removal so you could meet others talking about the topics about which you are asking. I'd love for you to meet @darlia @trishanna @oldirish1 and others here and hear their experiences with this disease, and also things like radical nephrectomy, recovery time and treatment afterwards, as that applies.

I thought you might be interested in this Mayo Clinic information about kidney cancer: https://mayocl.in/2J3IIwI.

@jewels5 — do you have a surgery scheduled? How have you been feeling?

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My husband was diagnosed with kidney cancer, very large tumor. He is scheduled for surgery Aug 9. Do most people dealing with this have surgery first and then chemo/radiation or the other way around?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @jewels5 — welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I have merged your post with this one talking about renal cancer and kidney removal so you could meet others talking about the topics about which you are asking. I'd love for you to meet @darlia @trishanna @oldirish1 and others here and hear their experiences with this disease, and also things like radical nephrectomy, recovery time and treatment afterwards, as that applies.

I thought you might be interested in this Mayo Clinic information about kidney cancer: https://mayocl.in/2J3IIwI.

@jewels5 — do you have a surgery scheduled? How have you been feeling?

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Welcome @jewels5 .. I am a renal cell carcinoma survivor. Right nephrectomy. Done in March 2008, so 10 yrs now been cancer free. Mine was caught at early stage 1. Only 1 cm in size. Encapsulated and back then there wasn't as many options so surgery was the best choice. I've been living a normal life on one kidney. I get a scan every year for the FU but because it was small and had not spread, no other actions were needed like chemo or radiation. They did tell me that kidney cancer is the slowest growing and that I'd already had it like 3 yrs when they discovered it. I had no symptoms yet either. Scarey that it had been in my body that long, I thought. It was seen on an ultrasound that was done to basically take a look at my stomach due to Acid Reflux and the Gastro Dr had ordered the complete abdomen be done. Sooooo. I was thankful for that. I was only 48 when it was found! Young and being female it was not common. I suspect it came from either smoking (I'd quit in '99) or mold in the house or being around asbestos without knowledge. Guess we'll never know.
If it's spread to other parts of his body, chemo is the usual choice I've heard. The scar I have is in my abdomen and its about 7-8 inches. I have keloid scar now too as it runs in our family. The recoup time in hospital was like 6 days for me. If I can help with other ?'s I'll be happy to help. Darlia

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@lisalucier

Hi, @jewels5 — welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I have merged your post with this one talking about renal cancer and kidney removal so you could meet others talking about the topics about which you are asking. I'd love for you to meet @darlia @trishanna @oldirish1 and others here and hear their experiences with this disease, and also things like radical nephrectomy, recovery time and treatment afterwards, as that applies.

I thought you might be interested in this Mayo Clinic information about kidney cancer: https://mayocl.in/2J3IIwI.

@jewels5 — do you have a surgery scheduled? How have you been feeling?

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Thank you for your information. It was very helpful. Were you working when you had surgery? If so how much time did you need off from work? If this is slow slowing I hate to know how long my husband has had this cuz it is huge. Julie

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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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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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Hi @kidneycancer2021, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I saw that you posted about kidney cancer in the Kidney group. I thought I would answer you here in the Cancer group where you'll find other members talking about kidney, or renal cell, cancer, like @z06guy @trishanna @racing212 @dianajane @darlia @azkidney57 and others.

You mentioned that you are scheduled for surgery soon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. You'll be in good hands. But I bet you still have loads of questions. What would you like to ask other patients who have been there? How are you feeling?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @kidneycancer2021, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I saw that you posted about kidney cancer in the Kidney group. I thought I would answer you here in the Cancer group where you'll find other members talking about kidney, or renal cell, cancer, like @z06guy @trishanna @racing212 @dianajane @darlia @azkidney57 and others.

You mentioned that you are scheduled for surgery soon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. You'll be in good hands. But I bet you still have loads of questions. What would you like to ask other patients who have been there? How are you feeling?

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I would to k ow what to expect

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I have to kidney out and a blood clot in the vina cava removed

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@kidneycancer2021

I have to kidney out and a blood clot in the vina cava removed

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So can anyone tell me what to expect please

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@kidneycancer2021

So can anyone tell me what to expect please

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@kidneycancer2021, while we wait for others to post about their experiences with surgery for kidney cancer, I'm wondering if you could tell me more about yourself.

How was your cancer found? When will you have surgery? How are you feeling, do you have symptoms?

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Renal Cancer Surgery- Not many recent comments about this. In 2022 will have right kidney removed laproscopically due to 6m mass abutting sinus. MRI sugg papillary but no lymph swelling or adrenal impact. Drs. discount papillary as 15% of renal cancers, & believe clear cell more likely (75%). Papillary is less aggressive than clear cell, but may be due to mutations & be bilateral (could later effect left kidney), whereas clear cell would just have it impact right kidney. MRI of lungs clear & no evidence of other cancer save small one in prostate. No family history & in great health/diet/ weight etc. Not likely candidate for this. I am curious to hear how such surgeries went for others (done lapro), recovery period and quality of life immediately, 6 mos, or more, and return of cancer to other kidney, particularly with either papillary or clear cell.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @oldirish1, Surgery is the primary treatment for kidney cancer (renal cancer) even for advanced or recurrent kidney cancer.

You can read about @trishanna's experience with surgery here:
– Kidney renal mass biopsy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/kidney-renal-mass-biopsy/

I'd also like to bring @foxylady and @darlia into this conversation, who may have more to share about surgical management of kidney cancer.

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My best friend has soft tissue renal cancer.Her tumour is 17 cm.Surgery is out of the question.She is taking a drug called Votrient.Has just started.So it truly depends on other factors,Colleen.

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