• I am a 45 year old female who was diagnosed wih renal cell carcinoma with no signs or symtoms it was just a fluke that they caught it.

    Asked by ladij28 on Thursday, May 2, 2013

    I am a 45 year old female who was diagnosed wih renal cell carcinoma with no signs or symtoms it was just a fluke that they caught it.

    I was operated on March 18 and they removed my right kidney removed. I was told that the cancer was milgnant but they were able to get everything. What scares me is how do I know that it wont come back? I guess I just want to talk to someone whose been through this. Please reach out to me. Thanks

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    • Clyde's Avatar

      There is no way to know for sure if it will return or not. Just like for most of us, there was no way to know for sure if we were someday going to have some form of cancer. Best thing is to keep watching, go to all your follow up appointments, take care of yourself (I always wonder why so many people feel the need to change their lifestyle after they are diagnosed. Why weren't you living a healthy life before?--just a general observation.) and live your life to the fullest. Obsessing will not make a difference except to get in the way of making the most of the present.

      about 7 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I understand the diagnosis out of the blue. I went in for a hernia repair, when they found the cancer. Had a hysterectomy 6 weeks later. And likewise, I was told they got it all out. I had chemo to mop up any lingering cells. And now I'm in the "wait and see" mode. I occasionally stress myself out about it. But I try to remind myself that stress won't help the situation. My cancer will either come back or it won't. I'm hoping it won't, and I'm also hoping yours won't as well. Hang in there, and vent here whenever you need to.

      about 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I agree with Brother Clyde, no sense in sitting around and worrying about it. You can't change if it will or won't come back. Sounds easy, right? I understand it isn't. I have been diagnosed 3 times, in between the 3, I never sat around and obsessed over it, that would have drove me crazy. But I did go to the doctor when I felt something weird. So, in 18 years I went twice to get checked out. They were nothing. The last diagnosis was when I woke up and felt a sore spot behind my ear. Had that checked out after a couple weeks when it didn't go away, bingo, round 3. I've been done with that for 4 years now and everything is going pretty good.
      Be watchful, but don't be a worry wart. We all wish you clean scans for years to come!

      about 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs, Hugs, hugs. in 1995, when I was 43 the same exact thing happened to me - but it was my left kidney. It's scary, but thinking about what can happen, doesn't help you heal emotionally or physically. There are no guarantees in life, just live each day the best you can.

      about 7 years ago
    • isnoop's Avatar

      i know how you feel. i had the same and mine had also spread to both lungs. i was told i had about a year to live. that was 5 years ago. trust in the Lord. He will be by your side. we cannot worry if it will come back again. live like it will not.

      about 7 years ago
    • Kossmore's Avatar

      Many treatment centers have financial assistance programs you can apply for. When you sign up for treatment they will give you the forms to fill out and return. Be diligent with this process, make at least two copies of everything because it is a long process for the treatment centers for approve the payments. They will not bill you so you do not need to worry about payments. Mine took several years and I had to redo the paperwork twice for each treatment. I also live in Ohio. Best of luck.

      about 7 years ago

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