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Kidney cancer

A place for people affected by kidney cancer to support one another, ask questions, and share their experiences.

Cryotherapy V's Robotic Partial Nephrectomty

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I am looking to hear from people who have had experience of either of these treatments and who like I am now having to make the decision between both options.

I have a relatively small T1a tumour under 20mm and have been asked by my consultant to choose between the 2 options and taking into account the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Any stories would be good to hear with similar experience


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Hi Ian and a very warm welcome to the online community

It can be difficult knowing which treatment to choose when presented with a choice so I can understand you wanting to hear others experiences with both types of treatment. 

I can't offer any experience, having had a different type of cancer, but I noticed that your post hadn't had any response so far. This could be because your post has slipped down the page before people who have experience with either treatment have seen it. By replying to you it will 'bump' it back to the top of the page. I'm also tagging this group's Community Champion as she may be able to help further.

When you have a minute it would be really useful if you could pop something about your journey so far into your profile as it really helps others when answering or looking for someone with a similar diagnosis. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Edit Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.


 "Never regret a day in your life, good days give you happiness, bad days give you experience"

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Thanks for answering@imac64's post.

Think someone's recently been posting in the group about cryotheraphy. Try searching the term under ',discussions.' There's also a bit on the main site about it.

I had a radical nephrectomy 15 years ago, so probably can't help, but I'm sure others in the group can..Have you a CNS ( cancer nurse specialist) you can ask for more info on both options? They are incredibly useful people to know  n very supportive. 

Fear of the unknown is the worst thing. Once we know what we're facing, we find the strength to deal with it.