A man goes to the doctor with severe pain in his fingers and is diagnosed with chronic cancer: ‘I had four days to live’

From pain in the big toe to cancer in the last stage. That was the experience of Richard Bernstein, a 62-year-old man from New Jersey, USA In an interview with the New York Post, published last Tuesday (14), the retiree said he began to feel pain in the area five years ago.

At the foot doctor’s visit, the possibility that he had a broken bone was denied. “I thought I had a broken toe but the doctor couldn’t find anything wrong.”, Richard told the newspaper. Two years later, the pain reached the ankle. Then he saw a sports medicine doctor, who thought the patient had a condition called stenosis – a decrease in the space inside the spine that is usually treated with physical therapy.

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Richard’s scan showing renal cancer on the right side and thrombus on the left side. (Photo: Northwell / NY Post Post Hospital)

Leg and ankle pain persisted, slightly affecting its mobility. Then, in March 2022, her right leg became completely swollen. She went to her GP, who did an abdominal examination during the exams. The doctor immediately sent him to see a specialist Dr. Michael Grasso, Director of Urology at Phelps Hospital, who provided the controversial information. “He told me I have four days to live.”remembered Bernstein.

The test revealed that the man had severe swelling in the kidneys and swelling in the blood. The latter grew through the kidney vein and filled the vena cava, which is the main blood vessel in the heart. In addition, Richard’s two coronary arteries were blocked by 99 percent, and his liver was not functioning because the cancer had been impaired. “He was walking on a tight rope”said the doctor.

According to Grasso, blockage of the arteries due to swelling and thrombus is what described the pain in a retired leg, as symptoms of liver cancer usually appear in the advanced stage of inflammation.

Three doctors performed the emergency operation, which lasted about 12 hours. In addition to Grasso, Dr. Cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Hemli and vascular surgeon Alfio Carroccio. Tumor and tumor thrombus measured about 30 cm in length and weighs about 1.2 kg. “If my leg had not been swollen, I would have fallen and died.”said Bernstein.

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Bernstein kidney, tumor and tumor thrombus are removed. (Photo: Northwell / NY Post Post Hospital)

After the tumor was removed, doctors rejected, in the meantime, the need for chemotherapy in Richard, who is already walking alone and recovering from surgery – he has lost about 30 pounds in the process. “My advice is that no one should give up trying to find out if something is bothering you. Trust your instincts.”announced the master.

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