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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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 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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I have been evaluated for renal cell cancer, and just had another ultrasound done this past week. After seeing the tumor twice on scans/ultrasound, this time the radiologist said nothing could be found. On Dec 14th I see my urologist, and will hear what he has to say about this! Will be wondering if he wants a repeat ultrasound or simply believe in miracles.
Ginger

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@gingerw

I have been evaluated for renal cell cancer, and just had another ultrasound done this past week. After seeing the tumor twice on scans/ultrasound, this time the radiologist said nothing could be found. On Dec 14th I see my urologist, and will hear what he has to say about this! Will be wondering if he wants a repeat ultrasound or simply believe in miracles.
Ginger

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Oh Ginger! I hope your urologist believes in miracles! I do and especially want this to be true for you! There isn’t an emoji with a big enough smile. ☺️

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@gingerw

I have been evaluated for renal cell cancer, and just had another ultrasound done this past week. After seeing the tumor twice on scans/ultrasound, this time the radiologist said nothing could be found. On Dec 14th I see my urologist, and will hear what he has to say about this! Will be wondering if he wants a repeat ultrasound or simply believe in miracles.
Ginger

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Let us all believe in miracles! 🙏🏼 Praying for your miracle! 🤗

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