"It's Out. He's Cured!" These were the words the surgeon used last night after my brother Dick's surgery was over. The kidney was removed. The surgery was a bit more complicated than they had hoped. He lost quite a bit of blood and had to have some transfusions. The tumor had begun to attach itself to the liver, but fortunately was still encapsulated, so they were able to scrape it off. There was no spread to the lymph nodes. In short, my brother has a great chance of being cancer free from now on. Because renal carcinoma is unresponsive to chemotherapy, he will not have to have any chemo. Within a few short weeks, he should be good as new, functioning on his one good kidney. This is the best news anybody could have given us! I am SO relived and thankful. Let's hear it for modern medicine! Sometimes they get it just right.