Kidney Cancer: Decrease the Temperature, Raise Awareness


BOV WISNESKI IN A CANOE HOLDING A FISH.  WATER IS SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND

From kayaking through the Everglades to backpacking around the Grand Canyon, 61-year-old Bob Wisneski enjoys adventuring around the country and embracing the outdoors. Bob thrives in warm weather, yet freezing temperatures changed his life when he was 59 years old.

While at an appointment to address his gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in 2019, Bob’s primary care doctor sent him for a variety of scans. Incidentally, the CT scan of his abdomen revealed a spot on his kidney. Bob’s physician referred him to Padraic O’Malley, MD, MSc, FRCSC, as he was championed “as the premiere urologist to see.”

O’Malley, a urology surgeon at UF Health, confirmed the spot to be a stage 1 tumor of 1.1 centimeters, and Bob’s kidney cancer treatment journey began.

They discussed the options. They could observe it. They could surgically remove it. They could treat it with percutaneous cryoablation.

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