My kidney cancer treatment before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

I was first diagnosed with kidney cancer in spring 2019. I had a chest X-ray because I’d recently quit smoking. My lungs were OK, but the scan caught a tumor on my kidney. Dr. Christopher Wood cut out the baseball-sized tumor with clean margins, and I didn’t worry about anything for another year. In March 2020, I learned the cancer, renal cell carcinoma, had returned and spread to my spine. This time, everything has been very different, from my treatment to all of the precautions MD Anderson has put in place to protect patients and employees from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. New coronavirus precautions make MD Anderson safe for patients Last year, when I was facing my kidney cancer diagnosis, I brought my wife to appointments. She would listen, ask questions, and we could talk to each other. I had someone to lean on. But, right now, MD Anderson isn’t allowing patients to bring visitors to appointments in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Everybody at MD Anderson is wearing masks, and you have to answer COVID-19 screening questions at the designated entry points. Having to go through all of my tests and listen to the doctor alone is scary. But I’ve got to hand it to MD Anderson for being proactive and making the hospital a safe place for patients like me. It’s just amazing to see such a large institution so ready, like a well-oiled machine. How I’m staying connected with my family despite COVID-19 precautions MD Anderson has offered many different ways to help us patients stay connected to our loved ones during appointments during the...

My kidney cancer treatment before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

I was first diagnosed with kidney cancer in spring 2019. I had a chest X-ray because I’d recently quit smoking. My lungs were OK, but the scan caught a tumor on my kidney. Dr. Christopher Wood cut out the baseball-sized tumor with clean margins, and I didn’t worry about anything for another year. In March 2020, I learned the cancer, renal cell carcinoma, had returned and spread to my spine. This time, everything has been very different, from my treatment to all of the precautions MD Anderson has put in place to protect patients and employees from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. New coronavirus precautions make MD Anderson safe for patients Last year, when I was facing my kidney cancer diagnosis, I brought my wife to appointments. She would listen, ask questions, and we could talk to each other. I had someone to lean on. But, right now, MD Anderson isn’t allowing patients to bring visitors to appointments in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Everybody at MD Anderson is wearing masks, and you have to answer COVID-19 screening questions at the designated entry points. Having to go through all of my tests and listen to the doctor alone is scary. But I’ve got to hand it to MD Anderson for being proactive and making the hospital a safe place for patients like me. It’s just amazing to see such a large institution so ready, like a well-oiled machine. How I’m staying connected with my family despite COVID-19 precautions MD Anderson has offered many different ways to help us patients stay connected to our loved ones during appointments during the...