ErikaNew's Journey with Clear Cell, Kidney Cancer

Patient: Kidney Cancer > Renal Cell Carcinoma > Clear Cell

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: almost 10 years ago, Female, Age: 60, Stage IV

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    • ErikaNew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    April 2007: Renal cell carcinoma was diagnosed as part of a pre-op work-up for ovarian cyst surgery. No symptoms for the kidney cancer other than potentially unrelated high blood pressure. Mild spotting for the cyst.

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    • ErikaNew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    May 2007: Right laproscopically assisted nephrectomy, combined with a removal of uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Kidney cancer was a 9cm mass with invasion into the vena cava; the ovarian cyst had small foci of cancer cells, classified as 1a. Recovery was 6 weeks; the first 8 days were difficult because of non-functional abdominal muscles; pain, controlled by pain killers during the first 8 days as well, was tolerable. After that strength returned according to plan. Follow-up were pelvic, abdominal and chest CT scans, first every 3 months, then spaced to 6 months in the 4th year. Some small nodes (below 5 mm) were visible but stable.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • ErikaNew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Fall 2011: Breast metastasis removed with lumpectomy; an outpatient procedure with minimal impact and minimal pain.

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