Kidney Cancer Patient Stories
In the summer of 2003, Mahmood Saeed was enjoying a typical day in his native Pakistan, playing a round of golf with friends on a sunny day, when he was suddenly overwhelmed by shooting pain in his abdomen. Having passed out from the pain, he woke up to find himself in a hospital. Doctors immediately diagnosed Mahmood with severe pancreatitis and he went directly into surgery. But what the surgeons found was much worse than pancreatitis - cancer had spread throughout Mahmood’s kidney. He was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and surgeons removed the kidney immediately.
In the fall of 2007, John Roley went to his local emergency room complaining of severe stomach pain. He figured the pain was caused by a stomach virus. The doctors performed several tests, including a CAT Scan, which showed something suspicious on both kidneys.
In 1999, at the age of 45, Denise Coldwater of Enid, Oklahoma, was diagnosed with kidney cancer. At the time, her only choice was a total nephrectomy (removal of the kidney). After treatment, Denise resumed her life raising three sons and teaching school. At home, she and her husband, Mike, ran a cattle ranch. Hoping her cancer journey was in her rear view mirror, Denise was shocked in 2014 to learn she had cancer again - this time in her remaining kidney.
Debbie Getz is a fighter, there’s no doubting that. After beating inflammatory breast cancer in 1998, she continued diligently with follow-up oncology appointments. “Whenever something questionable showed up on an MRI or CAT Scan, I looked into it immediately,” Debbie recalls.
In March 2014, she experienced pain in her right side. “I thought it was a gall bladder attack,” admits Debbie, who quickly scheduled an appointment with her primary doctor, who sent her for imaging tests.
While Marna Brown-Krausz was being treated for ovarian cysts she noticed a recurring pain in her lower left abdomen. She made an appointment with her gynecologist for a physical and further testing. “During my ultrasound, the technician spent more than an hour on my right side instead of my left side where the pain had been. I knew because of the length of time I was there, that something was wrong. Later that evening, my gynecologist called to tell me I likely had cancer in my right kidney,” recalls Marna, who has a busy professional life as a realtor.