The diagnosis

After a week of discomfort in the area of the gallbladder, Debbi underwent a series of scans that ultimately found cancer in her right kidney. The cancer was confirmed by a PET scan performed at Park Avenue Radiologists in Manhattan on 3/12. A summary of their findings:

  • A hypermetabolic right upper pole renal mass (SUV 6.5 peripherally, 4.3 x 5.8 x 5.2 cm in AP transverse and CC dimensions). No similar hypermetabolism in the right renal vein or IVC.
  • A hypermetabolic solitary aortocaval lymph node (SUV average 4.2, 1.4 x 1.0 x 1.1 cm in AP and transverse dimensions). No hypermetabolic perirenal lymph nodes noted.
  • A solitary hypermetabolic lytic lesion in the left scapula at the junction of the coracoid base and the glenoid (SUV average 4.0, 1.2 x 1.1 x 1.2 cm in AP, transverse and CC dimensions).

Thankfully, the left kidney, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and adrenal glands are all normal.Today, Monday 3/17, at 4:30pm , Debbi is having an MRI on her left scapula to investigate the lesion there. In the meantime, an appointment with Dr. Paul Russo, FACS, a specialist in kidney tumor surgery has been scheduled for Tuesday 3/18 at 1:00pm at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. We are hoping that in short order, the right kidney and the involved lymph node will be removed and then we will focus on the left scapula and on the healing process.

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