A Chinese man who has lived in the US for more than a decade was told by a doctor that his left kidney had developed cancer and he should undergo surgery, according to the US surgeon who treated him.
The 46-year-old, who has not been identified, has undergone surgery for a kidney cancer on both sides of his body and he is expected to be in the ICU for a month.
A doctor at the hospital told the AP he is a diabetic, and said he has suffered from kidney problems for years.
“I think this is the most serious case we have had to deal with,” said Dr. Mark Dornbusch, who treats kidney patients in the hospital’s medical department.
The man is the first to be diagnosed with the deadly disease.
It is known as “Pelvis in China” because of its rare condition in which a kidney can develop cancer in one or both kidneys.
It’s believed that the cause of the kidney cancer is unknown.
Doctors have not found the cause.
They have tried various drugs, including steroids, but they haven’t worked.
The Associated Press is not naming the man because he has been charged with a felony and faces up to five years in prison.
Dornbusse said he was shocked to hear the news.
“That’s one of the saddest news I’ve ever heard,” he said.
“We are all in shock.”
In an earlier statement, the hospital said it would work to treat the patient and that he would be released from hospital in a few days.