Kidney Cancer Patient Stories

  • Roger Grooms

    Roger Grooms

    Benign Kidney Tumor (Oncocytoma)

    In February 2011, Roger Grooms had his annual checkup with his internist. A routine blood test revealed increased creatinine levels, which can indicate a problem with the kidney. Further testing uncovered a four centimeter mass on Roger’s kidney. He met with a doctor in Fairfax, Virginia, near his home. “The doctor indicated that I had a large tumor, in a very difficult position, on the back of my right kidney,” recalled Roger. “He called it kidney cancer because 95 percent of the time, that’s what it is. He also suggested that due to its size, the tumor had probably spread. My next step was surgery to remove the entire kidney.”

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  • Berch Harris

    Berch Harris

    While managing kidney disease and dialysis, Berch Harris fought cancer, too - and at the same time contributed more to the community than most people who work full-time jobs.

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  • Jay Hyman

    Jay Hyman

    As a master plumber, Jay Hyman’s physical job masked some of his early symptoms. “I initially began having back pain in my lower left flank and was convinced that the pain was associated with work,” recalls Jay. “I'm a master plumber and back issues are common with that type of job.”

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  • Ray Jastemski

    Ray Jastemski

    Ray Jastemski is a betting man. He enjoys traveling to watch horse races. So what are the odds on developing recurring Hodgkin's lymphoma AND a kidney tumor? For Ray, the odds were high.

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  • David Juall

    David Juall

    Renal Cell Carcinoma

    In 2006, at age 51, David Juall was a healthy, active attorney, and a pilot, who enjoyed traveling and outdoor fun.  During a court proceeding in Bucks County, he had a medical emergency and was taken to a local community hospital. It turned out he needed an emergency appendectomy. As part of his treatment, CT scans were ordered. One of the doctors discovered a suspicious spot on one of his kidneys.

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