Friday, June 05, 2009
I've recently been contacting patients who have undergone surgery for RCC to inform them of an upcoming seminar and invite them to attend.
Not surprisingly though, most of those contacted are not too eager to be there as they have been given a clean bill of health with followup by their physicians. I understand completely as I would have felt the same way after my husband had his nephrectomy a few years ago. We were told at that time all of the cancer was gone and we of course took that diagnosis, hook, line and sinker without even contemplating there might be the slightest chance the medical experts were wrong.
That of course was a few years ago and our medical experts knew no different. Things are very different now with modern technology and an enormous communication system that has been established among RCC specialists, patients and their caregivers as recently as the past two years. Everyone is totally committed to learning all there is to know about kidney cancer, and medical specialists are taking the necessary precautions and extra testing to ensure even the smallest lesion is investigated immediately.
RCC patients today have an incredibly much better chance of survival than even a few months ago!!! One of the main ingredients in this survival rate is being informed and the fact that patients and their caregivers are keeping currrent on the most recent treatments and information that is out there. Information at times can be overwhelming, but then again it is only by learning everything possible about kidney cancer, that we can stay one step ahead of it.
I would encourage everyone to attend any information sessions that might be held in your immediate area whenever the opportunity arises. You are guaranteed to learn new things as well as have the incredible opportunity of meeting other cancer survivors, patients, caregivers and their families.
If you have recently been given a cancer-free diagnosis, you can attend these seminars and provide comfort to others who so desperately seek it.
Posted by Deb at 9:40 AM