A scan for something else revealed a tumour on one of my kidneys.
The surgeon was able to remove the tumour ( thanks to recent huge strides in surgical techniques and robotics ) while retaining most of the kidney.
A biopsy showed that the tumour was malignant.
However I was left with a 'flank bulge' in my side which is a common condition following open kidney surgery..it is permanent and has the effect of skewing my pelvis which has to be realigned fairly frequently .
I am in some pain most days..some days more than others.
But...I am in remission from cancer.
Given the choice I would rather be without the pain..but its workable with.
However six months or so after the surgery I went into Post Traumatic Shock...also very common after surgery. Just how common is only now being realised. That was tougher than the pain.
So yes, I have some inkling..