• If mass on kidney has to be removed is it normal for an urologist to suggest a surgery date 3-4 weeks away?

    Asked by buckhunter on Saturday, March 23, 2013

    If mass on kidney has to be removed is it normal for an urologist to suggest a surgery date 3-4 weeks away?

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      If you have been on chemo then 3 to 4 weeks would tend to be on the quick side, they usuaklly want you off of chemo for about 6 weeks so your imune system can recover from the chemi which usually conpromises the inmmune system. The onter reson for the delay may just be scheduling,. When i had the tumor in my adrenal gland removed by a uroligical surgeon last fall his schedule for surgery was full up for 6 to 8 weeks in advance so unless it was an emergency if I wanted him I had to wait. In that case I had to wait due to chemo anyhow so it didn't matter. You will also get anither 6 weeks or so after surgery to heal before any more chemo is started. Enjoy the breakk from chemo and good luck

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      My surgery was scheduled 4 weeks after my diagnosis. It was a torturous wait, but my surgeon scheduled major surgeries (which mine was) for the first thing in the morning when he could block out the most amount of time because he said he wouldn't know until he got in there how long the surgery was going to take. He also explained that my type of cancer wasn't going to get any worse in that amount of time so we could wait a few weeks, just not a few months. Yes, it was an anxiety-ridden time, but it allowed me to get things in order (cooking and freezing meals, wrapping things up at work, etc.).

      I was the opposite of Peroll. I had surgery first and then chemo after. In that case, I had to be fully recovered from surgery (4-6 weeks) before I could begin chemo because chemo will wipe you out physically. That time in between allowed me to visit with oncologists and different doctors, and again, get my life organized.

      over 3 years ago
    • goyler's Avatar

      In my case, yes that seems normal. I was diagnosed on 4/2 and had my operation on 4/27. They removed my right kidney which had a 7.5 cm cancer growth that turned out to be a grade 4. A couple of weeks did not make any difference to me except along with most people; I just wanted that thing out of me and start the road to recovery. It is definitely nerve racking waiting with all sorts of scenarios running through your head.

      The wait in my case was the urologist was coordinating with an urologist surgeon who was going to perform the operation.

      Good luck with your operation. If you have any questions, I will try to answer them as it relates to my experience. I had my operation last year so it is still fresh in my mind.

      over 3 years ago
    • kathym2013's Avatar

      yes it was 8 week wait , once we went for a second opinion at university, He had a partial removal by robotic surgery-

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      yes. On Nov 1 1995 a mass was found on my left kidney. My urologist scheduled my nepherctomy for Nov 22 just 3 weeks later. I did a lot of pre-op testing, including donating 3 pints of my own blood to help with post op healing.

      over 3 years ago
    • isnoop's Avatar

      my mass was found on wednesday and my kidney was removed the following tuesday. probably because the cancer had metastasized to both lungs.

      over 3 years ago
    • rocketman's Avatar

      Yes that timing works with what I experienced. I was diagnosed on 7/7/2011, and had my left kidney removed on 7/28/2011. The mass on my kidney was 13cm, luckily the urologist was able to use laproscic surgery to remove it. Scheduling was worked around a family trip that had been planned prior to my diagnosis. It may seem funny to delay surgery for a trip. However, I felt it was important to go in the face of the uncertainty that comes with a cancer diagnosis. I am glad we did enjoy the trip, the surgery was a success and now we are working on the metastasis in both lungs.

      over 3 years ago

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