Monthly Archives: March 2013

Awaken

Tonight, while reading some of my fellow cancer survivor blogs, a realization hit me. Over the past 4.5 years my focus has been on getting to the end of my cancer story. However, it bludgeoned me tonight that as long as there is breath in my body, my cancer story will continue.

I know, I know, you all got that. However, my brain has been focused on getting past the cancer, the side effects, the issues, the scans. Those aren’t going away though. Unless they magically develop a way to cure lymphedema, a single kidney, the lung lesions and everything else.

This is not easy to take. Am I forever going to be Suzy, the kidney cancer patient? Now, I consider myself the survivor, but my doctors still consider me the patient. That is why I think I have been putting off my most recent scan, but it is past time. I have to buck up, call my doctor and get my scans done.

It is time for me to move on to the next part of my cancer story. The one where I deal with all the bad things, take care of myself and work on the rest.

Have a great Friday.
Suzy Smith

March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month. While there are no screening tests for Kidney Cancer, there are things you can do to lower your risk:

Quit Smoking- now. Smoking is a factor in many cancers, kidney cancer is one of them.
Limit use of NSAIDs-Overuse of NSAIDS not only can cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, but also is a risk in kidney cancer.
Eat your Vegetables- Eating more vegetables lowers your risk of most cancers, kidney cancer is one of them.
Keep your blood pressure under control- High Blood Pressure puts you at risk for it. If you have HBP take your meds, follow your doctors’ instructions.
Exercise-It’s good for everything!
Other things, you can do nothing about are gender, many more men than women get KC, and age. The older you are the higher the risk.

Symptoms of Kidney Cancer-
Blood in the Urine
Flank pain
Pain in the lower back
Loss of Appetite
Frequent Fevers, of no known cause
Anemia
High Blood Pressure

While most kidney cancers are found in later stages, some are found early during a scan, or exam for something else (How mine and many others are found every year.)