Marifran Korb

My Relationship With Cancer, Part 16

by on Oct.21, 2014, under Overcoming Cancer

Huge things have been occurring. Since my lungs are a risk factor in any surgery that may be necessary, I am doing what I can to heal without it. Primarily, I have been enjoying life, receiving reiki and practicing meditation. Besides, I use Low Dose Naltrexone and take many supplements.

When I made an appointment with another urologist, I asked if she did partial or complete nephrectomies. There is no way of telling from internet information. The nurse I spoke with me assured me that this doctor does both. I needed to ask since one urologist, Dr. B, kept me going to see him for two years before admitting that he “was not allowed to do complete nephrectomies (cutting out the whole kidney), only partials.” Due to the location of the tumor, I knew from the start that I am not a candidate for partial, meaning taking only the tumor and leaving the rest of the kidney.

After six weeks of waiting for this appointment, today I saw urologist Dr. R. She told me she does neither type of nephrectomies. Happily, she stated that the doctor in her group who does complete neprectomies is Dr K, who happens to be the first urologist I saw four and a half years ago. He is the one who told me it was necessary to have surgery immediately. He told me the date he had schedule my surgery, without consulting me.

Meanwhile, Dr. R said my only option was surgery, despite my risks. There was no discussion of surgery benefits vs. risks, so I mentioned a few risks I knew. 1) For healthy people there’s only an 87% chance of surviving and 13% chance of not surviving. There’s a very good chance my 38% capacity lungs will not withstand the three-hour operation. 2) Most people in otherwise good health who get complete nephrectomies due to cancer will die within ten years. This is due to increased risk of cardiovascular health. My heart is already compromised by my lungs.

When I stated this, Dr. R acknowledged that it was true, treating these as insignificant details. She clearly expected me to go to Dr. K for surgery.
My response was: “If I wanted to see Dr K, I would have made an appointment with him. I would have said yes four and a half years ago.”

In Cincinnati, it appears the urologists are in three groups: The Urology Group, the UC Group and the Christ Hospital Group. I have been to at least one doctor in each group. So I came home and made an appointment with yet another urologist. The earliest appointment is over a month away. In case I have to resort to surgery as my last option, I got assurances that this new doctor does complete nephrectomies. Wish me luck.

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11 Comments for this entry

  • heidi

    Marifran, this sounds so disheartening. I am grateful for the assistance you are getting from others, such as Reiki. Do you take turmeric and pancreatic enzymes? Prayers for a wonderful outcome.

  • Marifran Korb

    Hi Heidi, Thanks for the question, the prayers, and the encouragement. Yes, I have been taking 3,000 to 4,000 mg of tumeric for 4 and a half years. Have not heard about the benefits of pancreatic enzymes, so I will check that out. Back in 2010, I went to a doctor at LaValle Institute. She told me to take some enzymes before meals. I think they were digestive enzymes.

  • Karen Wythe

    Ah, my dear friend, Marufran. Life is a journey, but, life with cancer is it’s own adventure. You have, since the very first diagnosis, always taken each step along the way with your intuition and right action for you. Today is no different. Faced with challenges, directives and opinions I am so glad you are clear and intent upon your right action based upon your inner knowing and not the fears that can be so overwhelming. Continuing your proactive walk with cancer is essential. Relying upon your inner guidance from a place of self love and wisdom rather than fear of disease and ignorance is a wonderful gift you have opened. I pray you continue this adventure with the same strength and courage you have had since your first step in this awareness of life with cancer.
    When my sister-in-law was diagnosed with stage for lung cancer her doctors when she asked if she could be cured told her, “We don’t know what you you shall die from, but we do know you will die with cancer.” Our life process here on this transient planet is full of challenges. In today’s world of medical advancements while knowledge is power it is also quite disempowering. Putting blind trust into this is not wise. Your conscious walk with the medical profession is in itself challenging. Again alignment with your higher self for your right action is essential. Not clinging to traditional medicine’s recommendations is a double edged sword. May you continue to swing it before you clearing the way to your best life.
    I continue to hold you in the light of wellness. I see you well healthy and whole. I bless your every step in this adventure in this journey we call life.

  • Barbara Berghausen

    Marifran, you are a brave soul and ASAP my childhood friend calls me I will have other information on her successful kidney surgery. Continuous prayer for a miracle is with you. “Where there is a will, there is a way.” Love, blessings

  • Dan Erdman

    Hi Marifran,

    I believe in the power of your spirit! You are awe inspiring!


  • Ruth

    Marifran, my thoughts and prayers are with always.

  • Rosemary Molloy

    Marifran, I’m sure you’ve thought of this, but just want to ask: Have you considered consulting specialists farther away from where you live? Of course, I’m not suggesting that somehow, the doctors in Ohio aren’t “as good.” I just wonder if somewhere–anywhere–there are specialists who might be able to come up with a definitive and successful treatment. Remember that you have relatives all over the globe, including in Asia. And, you have a first cousin once removed who is a physician at Johns Hopkins; could he know of someone? You realize I’m grasping at straws here; I know nothing about kidneys and little of cancer–maybe I’m just thinking out loud. BTW, I read your latest installment above with great interest and–maybe oddly–a sense of optimism. At the same time, I was absolutely infuriated by that Dr.B. who more or less kept you hanging before he told you he doesn’t do complete removal of kidneys! What a jerk. Will call you one of these days, dear cousin. Wish you luck? Oh, yes, with a cherry on top.

  • marifran

    Rosemary, Thanks for the out-of-town suggestion. Yes, I’ve thought of it often. I have to make a decision as to which is my best option, and none look good.

    A few years ago, after doing a lot of research, I did go to University of Chicago’s Center for Advanced Medicine for my lungs. When I got there, stayed in a hotel overnight, and showed up for my appointment, one doctor called in another and both pulmonologists said they couldn’t help me. I figure they were no better than here. Yet, I’m re-thinking my aversion. That is one example and doesn’t represent all fields or all medical disciplines. So I am thinking of deciding soon on what is the next step beyond here.

  • marifran

    Thanks, Rosemary, Ruth, Dan, Heidi, Barbara and Karen. Your encouragement is quite a contribution. Many thanks.

  • Susan Jones

    Marifran… I love you.

  • Anne Becker


    Thanks for your writing so clearly about your journey with cancer. I will be holding you in the light as you continue to follow your own inner wisdom so beautifully. I pray you will find wise medical support, and complete healing.


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