Mark Dupuis: A Saved Life and Lifestyle

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Published on June 21, 2017

A Saved Life and Lifestyle

Mark Dupuis

Mark DupuisMark Dupuis is an active guy. He lifts weights, is part of a National Guard emergency response team and has his hands full keeping up with three young daughters.

But after a kidney cancer diagnosis last summer, he worried about his military career and family life.

“I’m thinking if I lost a kidney I wouldn’t have been able to continue my career,” Mark said. “And it would have been pretty bad timing. I have three daughters – six, three and one and a half – so, for me, it means a lot to be fully functional.”

Typically, Mark would have been counseled to have his kidney removed. But at Payson Center for Cancer Care, newly arrived Dr. Amichai Kilchevsky, of Concord Hospital Center for Urologic Care, recommended robotic-assisted surgery to remove the tumor, not the kidney.

Dr. Kilchevsky not only saved most of the affected kidney, he also saved Mark’s quality of life.

“If I took out the kidney, that could have altered Mark’s work and daily routine,” Dr. Kilchevsky said. “You can’t be drinking protein shakes and playing contact sports if you have one kidney.”

Mark’s diagnosis began with stomach pain last summer, but an MRI discovered an abnormality on his kidney, which turned out to be a cancerous tumor. He was referred to Dr. Kilchevsky, who had just arrived at Concord Hospital Center for Urologic Care.

Mark was nervous. At 35, he had never had surgery. Dr. Kilchevsky put him and his wife, Lindsey, at ease with their first meeting, explaining the diagnosis and treatment options.

After a few months of reduced workouts following surgery, Mark recovered fully, with no restrictions on physical activity. He became even more active, running five miles several times a week in addition to his weight work and his role as operations officer for a New Hampshire National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Team.

He is grateful for personal caring that went beyond medical treatment.

During his Hospital stay, Mark said the nursing staff offered excellent care that was more than he would have hoped for. Dr. Kilchevsky even came in on a weekend off to remove a drainage tube, then called Mark at home multiple times to check up on him.

“He actually cared to come in and see how I was doing. That was huge for me,” Mark said. “I’ve never had an experience like that with any other doctor in my life, so the personal relationship was very important.”