I produced this site to increase the awareness of Kidney Cancer and to alleviate some of the fears that accompany the diagnosis of the disease.
My cancer was discovered September 2003 and this is my journey to date.
This is a biographical report of Kidney
Cancer Cryosurgical treatment. By Ken Henley. Revised
25 February 2006
It was produced to increase the awareness of Kidney
Cancer and to alleviate some of the fears that accompany the diagnosis of
the disease. My cancer was discovered September 2003 and this is my journey to
Kidney Cancer affects 4400 people each year in
England and Wales.
KIDNEY CANCER- Renal
Cell Carcinoma (RCC) is the most common type of kidney cancer. RCC
begins small and grows larger over time, like many other cancers. Based
on limited observations, renal cancers appear to grow approximately 1 cm
(1/2 Inch) in diameter per year. RCC unusually grows as a single mass.
Sometimes a kidney may contain more than one tumour. Tumours may be
found in both kidneys at the same time.
In the past, RCCs were
diagnosed only after they had become quite large or symptoms of flank
pain, blood in the urine, or palpable mass in the abdomen developed. But
fortunately, most RCC are now found incidentally (during evaluation of
unrelated medical problems) by imaging studies such as ultrasound, CAT
scan, or MRI. The recently observed rising incidence of RCC may not be
solely due to increased use of imaging studies but a trend toward
increased detection of small lesions that are surgically curable has
I was one of the
fortunate Kidney Cancer sufferers whose condition was diagnosed at an
early stage which means that it is treatable. I will explore on this
site the options that was available to me and the one I decided to take
along with my reasons. My options were restricted due to my age of 80
years, I also discuss age ramifications. There is a good chance of full
recovery if the cancer is discovered before it grows to 6cm. Above that
size it starts to spread. RCC is difficult to treat and rarely cured
once it has spread beyond the Kidney and current therapies have limited
On the conclusions page
I summarize my decision to have my cancer removed by cryosurgery and my
operation which successfully killed the cancer. Also included with this
page is a diary of the days of my recovery after cryosurgery and
pictures of my scans.
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