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Shortly after returning home from a wonderful vacation in Hawaii about mid March, Mike noticed some blood in his urine. He followed up with his primary care physician who then referred him to an urologist for an exam. Initial Tests found nothing related to the most common causes (UTI, kidney stones), so he was then referred on to a radiologist for a CT scan which detected a large mass in one kidney and possible additional nodes in his lungs. Subsequently, he had another CT scan on his upper body which confirmed the masses in his lungs as well. He was given the diagnosis of Stage 4 Kidney Cancer.
Mike went onto have MRI on his brain and cat scan of his bones which, thankfully, did not show evidence of any spread to those areas. We met with the first Oncologist on 5/6/2022 through the Novant Hospital System, and then got a second opinion on 5/13/2022 with Dr. Asir Amin through The Atrium Hospital System’s Levine Cancer Institute. A biopsy confirmed he has Kidney Cancer — Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC).
Take Away for All to Consider: Mike showed no symptoms of Kidney Cancer until recently when he saw some blood in his urine. Every couple years tell your Primary Care Physician that you detected some blood in your urine so a CT scan will occur. Kidney Cancer is usually only detected because of a body scan occuring that was ordered for reasons other than looking for Kidney Cancer. When asking the Oncologist how long Mike would live without treating the Kidney Cancer, she said “maybe 6 months.”