George

Getting another opinion saved his kidney

George is used to running things.  He runs Hero Office Systems with his close friend.  He also loves driving his 1931 Chevy Street Rod.  When you run a business, you have to know how to deal with the unexpected, so when his kidney tumor was discovered by accident, he knew he’d approach kidney cancer like many other surprises in life, get good information, and make the best with what you have been dealt.  In fact his wife and son were more worried than George was.

George with his favorite car.

As George remembers that time after being told he had kidney cancer, ” The first surgeons were going to remove my kidney. My son contacted a friend who is head of the Genomics Dept. at the U of M to get a second opinion. He contacted the head of the Urology Department at the U who recommended Dr. Weight. Dr. Weight felt he could save my kidney by removing the tumor and cyst. He saved my kidney and removing the cancer. It was a very difficult operation. It took about 6 hours to do the surgery. The staff at the U were great! I never had such good service and care. I can not say enough good things about Dr. Weight and his terrific staff.”

The large cyst and tumor taking up half of the kidney

 

George would advise other kidney cancer patients to really look into options and trust your gut feelings before deciding which treatment to move forward with.