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    I had the same procedure in 2006, I felt like a horse kicked me in the gut. Pathology report: Stage 2;grade 3. The pain is totally gone and life is great. I quit smoking the day of the surgery; smoke free since. I have a life mantra, 'Everyday is a bonus'

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      That is very true, a lot of my attitudes have been changing. May 28th was my last cigarette so far, I think this time stopping will be my last time. I will be seeing the surgeon next Wednesday to schedule follow up visits. I am going to request some sort of full body scan, just to put my mind at ease that he did get it all.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I went to my PCP for help with mygraines. He reminded me of a test that was recommended as a result of a physical that was given to me for a new job. The cat scan came up negative except for a suspicious shadow that showed on the edge of the image. After another Cat scan of my lower abdomen the cancer was found in my Kidney.
    I was referred to an HMO doctor and given further tests. I asked for a referral to see another surgeon for a second opinion. The first surgeon called and said there was an opening for the procedure to be done almost immediately. I delayed the procedure and waited for the second opinion.
    The second doctor was a PPO surgeon and my Ins. was HMO , I have no idea why I was permitted to see the second doctor but as you shall read I was very glad it happened.
    The first surgeon wanted to perform a standard surgery by cutting my abdomen open and removing the kidney.
    The second surgeon suggested a 'hand assisted laproscopic' removal of the kidney which my HMO approved even though I had a PPO physician and hospital.
    My advise from this short narrative ; always get a second opinion and don't believe that your insurance can prevent you from getting the best care/procedure you can find. I was approved for the second surgeon's procedure with the decreased recovery time and overall expenses, I received a less invasive procedure at a top cancer hospital by a top level surgeon.

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