(Background reading all this is new to you.)
A few weeks ago I had one of my regular six-monthly CT scans. It showed that the metastases in my lungs have grown a bit each, although not a great deal (2.2 up to maybe 2.8cm across). However, it also showed up a 3-4cm lump in my left kidney which needed further analysis. I had an appointment this week about that. Basically, there are three options:
- Metastasis (spread) of my existing cancer
- Benign lump
- New kidney cancer
3) is apparently very unlikely, both because of how it looks on the scan and because of how relatively slowly it’s growing. So they want to do a biopsy to distinguish between 1) (leading to an operation) and 2) (which would require no operation).
If surgery is required, they hope to do a partial (rather than full) nephrectomy (kidney removal), and it’ll probably be in September or October, after my wedding and honeymoon :-). The fact that a partial nephrectomy is possible is very encouraging, because it means if it turned up in the other one in a few years in the same way, I’d have two half-kidneys, rather than no kidneys! But I continue to be amazed by the carefully-designed redundancy in the human body.