Wall Of Warriors
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My journey started in early 2004 when I went for a routine physical and complaints of possible prostate problems. Blood test results warranted a CT scan which revealed kidney cancer. In July 2004, I had a nephrectomy to remove 1 kidney. After I fully recovered and as there was no need for chemo or any treatments, I felt I had dodged the bullet and complaints of prostate problems had saved my life.
After 5 years NED, the kidney cancer had
returned. Once again, complaints of prostate problems saved my life.
During a physical and a routine CT scan of my kidney, a spot on my lung
was noticed. A CT scan of the chest revealed 2 spots, 1 on each lung.
Faced with the possibility of cancer again, I had thoratic surgery in
January 2010, to have the 2 spots removed. Biopsy revealed it was RCC
that had metastised to the lungs. Now I am labeled stage 4, grade 3
metastatic kidney cancer. From now on, it will be more frequent CT scans.
I am very fortunate to have the best medical care one could ask for
at Kasier. Married to my best friend and biggest supporter, Karen for
I am a kidney cancer
warrior. I was diagnosed in May 2009 and had my left kidney removed
a week later, after scans were viewed. It was renal cell stage T1b,
grade 3. I deal with the knowledge that this stranger invaded my space
like a thief in the night, on a daily basis. I feel guilty that I worry
so much, even though I have not had the same experience as others who
deal with so much more, but I just am trying to deal with the whole
notion of "cancer" in me, period. I work at MDAnderson Cancer
Center, which is a blessing, but sometimes a curse also, because I am
privy to many who are dealing with RCC and its a constant reminder as
I was diagnosed
at age 51, by accident, as many kidney cancer patients are. I had no
symptoms. I was having my blood tested every 6 months due to blood pressure
and cholesterol medications I was on. When a test came back as slightly
out of 'normal' range in May 2008, my family doctor ordered a 'baseline'
ultrasound of my liver/kidneys just to see what kind of shape they were
in, since I'd been on the meds for 15 years. That ultrasound wasn't
'urgent' so my appointment wasn't scheduled until September 11, 2008.
The spring and summer passed normally, golf season, vacations, no symptoms
or health issues.
This is my husband Mike. He has been an RCC Warrior since November of 2003. He had no symptoms of RCC until one day he presented with blood in his urine. One week later we got the diagnosis that changed out lives forever. We were suddenly thrust into a world we could not have ever imagined. After getting a second opinion (please do this!) we traveled to NYC for his surgery. The end result: a 12 cm tumor, Stage 2 Grade 11, clear cell RCC. We have been truly blessed since then with clean scans and a wonderful oncologist to follow up with. We are down to scans every year now, and although we grow more confident as each years passes, scan days continue to be just as hard as they were those first years. We know the reality that this disease can return at anytime unlike some other cancers. We pray for continued luck! NED since December 5th 2003 when that tumor was removed. We hope that our story gives the newly diagnosed hope!
Walk for life
I am Jay Z (not that Jay Z) and I was diagnosed July '09 during my first
week of training for my 2nd marathon with a 10 cm tumor on my left kidney
(originally Stage T3a, Grade 3, clear cell Renal Cell Carcinoma, with
suspected lung mets). In Nov' 09 at my post nephrectomy CT scan lung
metastis in both lungs were confimed and at least one lymph node. RCC
is my new marathon of life and I intend to make it an ultra marathon
as I battle it for many years to come. We are all a family now linked
by RCC, while I
Frank was diagnosed
in Spring of 2008 with hemorrhaging tumour on his left kidney –
Grade 3 clear cell Renal Cell Carcinoma, less than 5cm in size. No other
cancer found at the time of the radical nephrectomy. On a routine follow-up
CT nodes were discovered in the bottom portion of his lungs, by sheer
“luck” as all follow-up CTs had been done on his abdomen,
but this one “caught” the bottom 1/3 of his lungs in the
image. Subsequent needle biopsy confirmed RCC metastasized to his lungs
in 4-5 small nodes (less than 2 cm) and enlarged lymph nodes outside
lung. Frank has completed first round of High Dose Interleukin 2 and
waits for CTs in early April to confirm success of IL2.
I am a 9 year survivor
of stage 3tb Renal Cell Carcinoma.
Hi, I am 29 a full
time student, wife and mother. My husband Ryan and two
Married to Chrissy,
Dad to Cath, Susan and Gail, Step Dad to Kirsty and Shelley, Granddad
to 7 beautiful girls.
I am married to
my best friend, Ron – and mom to Nick and Jesse. I also have kidney
cancer (Renal Cell Carcinoma – RCC). My journey began on October
24th, 2007. Uninsured – Denied Medicaid and Disability for lack
of a Pathology Report – No surgery – No treatment –