My Kidney Cancer And What We Can Learn From It

Is that a coincidence? It can’t be. My wife just got diagnosed with breast cancer seven months ago. And that guy on the other side of the phone just told me that I had kidney cancer.

Well, if there is anything good coming out of it, we could conclusively determine that my wife’s cancer and my cancer have absolutely nothing to do with each other. But what did actually cause my kidney cancer? I guess I will never find out. However, the potential causes can be narrowed down.

First of all, I used to smoke. Bad thing. Very bad thing. Secondly, I was exposed to asbestos about 20 years ago. Yes, according to my pathology report, that’s when the cancer probably started. Back then I was working on a project that required me to cut asbestos sheet rock. Of course, I didn’t wear any protection gear, so I literally inhaled and ingested little pieces of asbestos all day long for over a year.  Kidney cancer, like other asbestos induced diseases including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer, are very slow growing cancers.

So 20 years later after my asbestos projects, I started to feel this hard to describe pain in my lower abdomen. I thought it was no big deal until I suddenly started to find blood in my urine. Not only that, but also little pieces of bloody tissue. That finally convinced me to see a doctor.

First, we didn’t think of kidney cancer. After all, I was only 37 years old and overall in pretty good health. So we were speculating on kidney stones. However, the CAT-Scan was clear. Right there, on the left side, there was this large black shadow hanging over my left kidney. The organ couldn’t be saved, it was removed two months later.

Do me a favour and don’t fool around with the signs our body is giving you. I’m not talking about a little sniffle obviously, but if there is something going on that you can’t explain, go and see a doctor as soon as possible, please.

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