Patient Comments: Kidney Cancer - Prognosis

What is the prognosis for your kidney cancer?

Comment from: corene, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: June 25

my sister has kidney cancer, she also has a tumor, she does not wont surgery, how long can a person live like that

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Comment from: WYOGAL, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

My husband was misdiagnosed in February with kidney failure from a bacterial infection. They did an ultrasound and totally missed a huge 3-inch Level 4 Bosniak tumor on his right kidney, certainly cancer. They said at that awful hospital they had found a small 5-mm benign cyst on his right kidney that was “no big deal,” – exact words. She was cruel to him at the first hospital and they refused to call in a kidney specialist. He almost died and was in for two weeks back then. The new doctor found the tumor on last month, but I wonder why they are making him wait so long to remove his kidney? He has been to the ER three times to get stabilized since being diagnosed, is sleeping 24/7, is in serious pain, and the high power meds are not helping him. His back, shoulders, stomach, etc., hurt – especially his bones. He is itchy, has no color, no appetite, and runs a low-grade fever. We lost our life savings to his medical and insurance bills, as it took five years to get his SSDI, and not a cent of back pay. We are stuck in a place that only has two hospitals.

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Comment from: Donna, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 14

My husband was in an ATV accident and while in the hospital, found he had kidney cancer. His left kidney was removed. He followed up with CT scans every 6 months and a tumor was found on his right lung. Surgeons removed the lower lobe of his lung. Two years later, another CT scan showed a brain tumor, which was also removed. He then had tumors on his spine, which were also removed and will have more surgery soon. He has recovered nicely through all of this. Keep up your good spirits and have a good outlook.

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Comment from: wasaga beach, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

In 2005 I had a radical nephrectomy, in other words they removed my left kidney, left adrenal gland, spleen and a piece of my pancreas. In 2009 I had a piece of my right adrenal removed, my doctor called it a nike nick haha. It is now Nov.30 2012 still very active and plan on being around a lot longer.

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Comment from: pat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I had blood in my urine 10 weeks ago. Two weeks later I finally got a CT scan. After another two week wait I went to see the surgeon who told me I have a 7 cm tumor and my kidney would have to be removed. They said I would be on the urgent surgery list. Three weeks ago they gave me a date for surgery and the next day canceled it. At this moment in time I'm still working even though I have severe back pain. But I will have to plod on until they give me a definite date.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: August 20

I had what I thought was tailbone pain. I let it go for about three months and finally went to the doctor. After my doctor performed a few test by pushing on my tailbone he did not think it was my tailbone at all, so he thought it was best to have a ct scan done and thats when a tumor on my right kidney was discovered. I had my right kidney and adrinal gland removed on March 5th 2012. I really had no side effects to the kidney cancer I just seem to get really tired from my adrinal gland being gone. The weird part is even though my tailbone pain had nothing to do with my kidney cancer it really saved me because it brought me in to see my doctor even though the tailbone pain is still there.

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Comment from: El Torro, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 19

I'm new to all of this (regrettably). I was having some back pain and pain in the right side of my tummy. My GP sent me for an ultrasound last Wednesday and they detected a lump in a kidney. A subsequent CT scan (not originally planned) was done with the result that the "lump" was named as a cancerous tumor. Now I am waiting to hear from the next stage of treatment to get rid of this thing, which has apparently already spread to one of my lungs. I am told they do miraculous things these days. I hope they do. Moral of the story? If it hurts, get it checked.

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