Its 3 years since my husband was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He was told it was stage 2 - pT2a. (intermediate risk) He had his right kidney removed. He was told there was something else showing up but they were not worried about it. Around a year later following scans, the shadow that had previously showed up had increased in size and my husband was asked if he wanted to leave it or have it removed. It was on his adrenal gland. We were worried it may grow bigger and decided to have it removed. By the time of the operation it was 18 months since the kidney was removed. It wasnt until we had the phone call at home with the results that my husband was told the tumour was cancerous. He was as shocked as we were.
I tried to ask the question was the cancer originally misdiagnosed and not really classed as Stage 2. When I read things on the internet it tells me as it had spread to the adrenal gland then it would be Stage 3!! I'm confused. The consultant said it was Stage 2 metastatic kidney cancer, secondary cancer then?
He was scanned every 6 months but after the last scan was told it would be yearly. I can't get my head around thinking he has stage 3 as when 1st diagnosed the 'other shadow' showed up then and although it was thought it was nothing, it actually turned out to be cancer.