daveh's Journey with Renal Cell Carcinoma

Patient: Kidney Cancer > Renal Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Newly diagnosed (has not begun treatment), Diagnosed: over 5 years ago, Male, Age: 50, Stage I

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    • daveh
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    major fear

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    • daveh
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Work problems

    Oh No

    work says i use too much fmla and Chances are I will not have a job if I have the life saving surgury

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    • daveh
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I decided to have the surgury,If my work fires me it does.Nothing I can do about it.I would rather be unemployed and alive instead of working on borrowed time.

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    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    had the partial nephrectomy done,God it hurts,waiting to pee for days and to fart for 4 days.Plus gaining 40lbs of fluid is not fun and not expected,.Plus I did not know I was alergic to silk tape and have 10 to 20 huge blisters on my side.He took 20% of my left kidney.It was clear cell carcanoma. He got it all.Ao,thats good.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • daveh
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Nuclear Stress Test and Echo

    Other Care

    For a possible heart attack before the surgery.I was under alot of stress

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    • daveh
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Have Major Heart Issue

    Oh No

    I had a heart attack just before the Kidney Cancer Surgery,It was not caught until after the surgery when the nurses seen the rapid heart beat (120 plus) on the 4 hour vital checks post op.They did a EKG and it indicated a MI they ran tests and recommended I see a cardiologist when i get out,I did and they did a nuke stress test and a echo...both came back abnormal confirming a MI (heart attack).The doctor told me,the right side of my heart did not get any contrast,thus is not getting blood..I am scared.The doctor said,if it does not need a stent,then she will have to figure out why that part of the heart is not getting blood.I did some research and what I have come up with is there is a valve called the tricuspid valve thats on that side of the heart..it could be that one..will know more tommorrow

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    • daveh
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    angiogram

    Procedure or Surgery

    was successful.Only 30% blockage,dr changed meds and said I have 40 years left on my heart..so gooooood news.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • daveh
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    back to work

    Celebration

    well at least for part time,for 2 weeks then back to full times

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