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My cryosurgery operation & recovery

 

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 date.

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 been noted.

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 efficacy.

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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