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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized): Fall 2011: Breast metastasis removed with lumpectomy; an outpatient procedure with minimal impact and minimal pain.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): May 2007: Right laproscopically assisted nephrectomy, combined with a removal of uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Kidney cancer was a 9cm mass with invasion into the vena cava; the ovarian cyst had small foci of cancer cells, classified as 1a.

    Recovery was 6 weeks; the first 8 days were difficult because of non-functional abdominal muscles; pain, controlled by pain killers during the first 8 days as well, was tolerable. After that strength returned according to plan.

    Follow-up were pelvic, abdominal and chest CT scans, first every 3 months, then spaced to 6 months in the 4th year. Some small nodes (below 5 mm) were visible but stable.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): April 2007: Renal cell carcinoma was diagnosed as part of a pre-op work-up for ovarian cyst surgery. No symptoms for the kidney cancer other than potentially unrelated high blood pressure. Mild spotting for the cyst.

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