Caring for someone with cancer
posted by Lindah1967
19 August 2020

Kidney Cancer

Last reply: 6 months ago

Hi,
My mother had her kidney removed 7 weeks ago but they didn't get all the cancer and they also found it in her lymph node. The oncologist are not giving her any more treatment and she is being referred back to her surgeon. We feel very in the dark at the mo. She is waiting to have another scan to see if it has shown up anywhere else and it is a high grade cancer. Our worry is that she is in pain, she has received some stronger pain killers after we contacted the hospital and her doctor but we are feeling useless and unsure how to help mam with this pain.

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commented by Cancer Nurse
20 August 2020

6 months ago

Hi Lindah1967,

I’m very sorry to read that your mother has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, this news must have been very difficult for yourself and your family.  Not knowing the full picture can add a lot of stress and worry to the situation, people often say waiting for test and scan results is the worst part.  There is supports available such as counselling to help your family through this difficult time.

When the team get the scan results, this will give a clearer picture of what is happening and what the plan is.  It must be very difficult for you to see that your mum has pain, you are doing all you can by contacting the doctors about this. It might help to keep a record of the pain medication your mum takes , how often she is taking is and weather it has worked after she has taken it this will help the doctors evaluate her medication and make adjustments if needed.

It may help to speak with a cancer nurse about your situation, please do not hesitate to call us on 1800 200 700 if you would like any further advice or support.

Kind regards,

Cancer nurse.

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