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Kidney Cancer and Rectal Cancer

My husband just had kidney cancer surgery in August. Pathology reported stage 1. We were lucky, not even looking for it, but a mass was discovered. The surgeon said it was the best case scenario. Lower left kidney, not grown into the "meat" of the kidney. Very easy lap surgery. He was having blood with bowel movements so we had an appointment with PCP & referred to specialist. A Colonoscopy was done & 2 polyps removed - benign. Upon seeing Dr. for follow-up we were told rectal cancer as there was a lesion and tissue removed for biopsy. We are extremely scared & baffled. We are in limbo until our appointment at the Mayo in 12 days and counting. Is it possible that the Kidney Cancer started a snow ball effect?
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replied February 1st, 2010
While kidney cancer can spread to many different places in the body, this rectal cancer is probably not directly related to your husband's early-stage kidney cancer.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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