• Bloating? after kidney and priostate surgerys what are they looking for in new ct scan?

    Asked by kathym2013 on Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Bloating? after kidney and priostate surgerys what are they looking for in new ct scan?

    My husband had a partial kidney surgery using robotic July 2012 and then in Nov 12 had a radical prostate surgery-- in the past 2 months has gained 20 pounds and looks at( least 7 months pregant) easiest way to explain - stomach is hard to touch , has had a edg, and colonscopy in March - taking medicines for IBS stomach problems -- went for a new CT scan what are they looking for ? Has been going to therapy the past six weeks to get moving has back trouble - paranoid this round every test leads to more- seems like it is each doctor does not look at full picture - frustrated

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      The technical answer to what they are looking for is that a CT scan sees differ4ences in tissue density and cancer tends to be denser than normal tissues. In your husbands case they are probably looking for a reason for his weight gain. There may be a number of things going on. The first thing that comes to my mind some sort of intestinal blockage that would explain the weight gain and the hard and distended stomach. But it could be a lot of things. The symptoms you describe are to my knowledge not typical for metastatic prostrate or kidney cancer so I would not tend to immediately think that this is necessarily a sign that the cancer has returned.

      As for the feeling that the Drs are not looking at the full picture, does he have a lead Dr that is supposed to oversee and coordinate all of his treatment? This is usually done by a medical oncologist. If he has one then you should raise your concerns to that Dr and ask who is responsible for looking at the big picture. They should take the time to sit down and explain everything being done and what the know and suspect. If the Dr seems rushed try making the last appointment for the day so that they can't use the excuse that someone else is waiting. You have a right to an explanation that you can understand and to know the details of what they know and suspect. Good Luck and let us know how it goes.

      over 3 years ago
    • kathym2013's Avatar

      He went to his family practice doctor, she is the one who sent him for CT, yes he has a 2 year plan at Cancer Center, this bloating symptom became noticeable while trying to do exercises after physical therapy the last few weeks and wanted to see what doctor thought before we traveled for the summer , we did not want to go away and then him get sick and have to tell this story to a new doctor somewhere -- as for the Cancer he has never see anyone but the urologist that did both surgeries,they said they only would send him to oncologist if he needed chemo or radiation, we had asked to be sent to oncologist when the prostate cancer was found after he complained about back pain after the kidney surgery, he is 52 , and the Famlly practice doctor was the one who ordered the PSA, so we were shocked that he would need a second surgery. He had 3 surgeries in 2012, Gallblader is how the kidney cancer was found - he had new CT today , so waiting to get results.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and I'm wondering if perhaps they are not looking for ascites. The way you describe it sure sounds like it might be. Does your husband have any shortness of breath and a decreases appetite ? I hope this resolves soon. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • kathym2013's Avatar

      So Ct scan showed no changes (good) as for bloating , just follow up with gastro... he has a appointment for all doctors in July at Cancer center for 1 year on kidney and 6 month on prostate... going to hit the road for the mountains Saturday! hopefully we can go 5 weeks with NO doctors? Not that we will get much done since we are out of shape since we have not been to the shack with a view in 2 years -- sit on the deck and enjoy the view! No internet where I am going to be- Take care and thanks for all the info and support!

      over 3 years ago

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