• My husband was diagnosed with prostrate cancer two weeks ago. I am on the site with colon cancer.

    Asked by spirithorse on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    My husband was diagnosed with prostrate cancer two weeks ago. I am on the site with colon cancer.

    He is scheduled for surgery on March 6 to remove the prostrate. The cancer is on the left side. Here is my question. When they did the CAT scan it showed on his left side by his left kidney a mass. There is blood going to the mass and the doctor is about 80% certain it is cancer. The doctor has told my husband that he wants to do the prostrate surgery first and then take a look at this mass after that. There has been no further discussion about what this mass could be, treatment, etc. Has anyone heard of anything like this? It just doesn't seem right to me. Thanks for everyone's help. PS it wouldn't let me change the diagnosis below to kidney from colon.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Are you saying the prostate cancer and this mass are two separate things or one and the same? If the latter, it is very common to remove the mass to do a biopsy. That way if it is not cancerous, end of problem, and even if it is cancerous, probably end of problem as long as clean margins are obtained and there is no metastasis. If this mass is totally separate and just happened to show up on the CT scan of the prostate, then his doctor is saying it could either be a separate cancer or metastasis of the prostate cancer. Either way, remove his prostate prevents it metastasizing or additional metastasis, so his doctor's protocol of dealing with the known cancer first is standard and appropriate.

      over 3 years ago

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