TeriRamey's Journey with Clear Cell, Kidney Cancer

Survivor: Kidney Cancer > Renal Cell Carcinoma > Clear Cell

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Female, Age: 36, Stage I

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    Initial diagnosis

    Oh No

    I was hospitalized in early December 2012, due to a high fever and the doctors were concerned about pain I had been experiencing in my side. After a CT scan of my intestines, they came back with a possible diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma.

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    Health insurance issue

    Oh No

    In late January 2012, my urologist determined that it was almost definitely renal cell carcinoma and set a date for surgery. Unfortunately, I did not have insurance. My doctor was wonderful in helping me find resources and in agreeing to do what turned out to be a partial open nephrectomy at a lowered cost, by using the surgery as a learning experience for his students at EVMS.

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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had an open partial nephrectomy on my right side on April 2, 2012. I was very lucky in that my surgeon was able to remove the tumor and did not have to take much of my kidney. Recovery has been very slow, and I still have numbness in my right side and almost constant pain.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Uterine polyp

    Other Care

    I was dianosed with polycystic ovaries and a uterine polyp last month. I am waiting for my next surgery and am terrified that the biopsy will come back as a cancerous tumor.

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