Jamie's Journey with Kidney Cancer

Survivor: Kidney Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 7 years ago, Female, Age: 55

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    • Jamie
    • Experience with Kidney Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    The doctor and I always knew that the type of surgery I would have would be determined once he got in there: radical nephrectomy or partial. He specifically said I was not a candidate for the kidney-sparing cryoablation of the tumor because of where it was located. Ok, I was prepared for that. But the morning of surgery, he said he decided to do the cryoablation. I never knew what changed his mind, and it's good to have spared my kidney, but the morning of surgery is not the time to introduce the idea of a procedure that had been eliminated from possibility! I recovered in 6 weeks, meaning I was back to pretty much my normal life in 6 weeks. But those 6 weeks were hard ones. I had to refill my pain meds twice. The pain is significant, and there are no extra points for stoicism, so if you need more pain meds, be honest about that. Your life will be very limited for several weeks or months.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Jamie
    • Experience with Kidney Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    surgery is the cure

    Celebration

    For small kidney tumors, surgery is the cure. I celebrated by showing my scar to everyone at work, bragging about my battle wounds.

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