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Renal Cancer

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Renal Cancer

by Sigisite on Mon Apr 04, 2005 12:00 AM

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My mother was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in September 2003 (Kidney Cancer.) She had her right kidney removoved along with the football sized tumor on it. In January 2005, the cancer came back to her remaining kidney. She had the tumor removed and partial of her kidney removed. Now, we are told she has metastatic renal cancer, and perhaps signs of it spreading to her spine and lymph node. I'm worried! Any similiar experiences out there? Good or bad?

Renal Cell Cancer

by Trishpm on Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:00 AM

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You can connect with others in the same situation by joining KIDNEY-ONC (see http://cancerguide.org/kofaq/ to join). See http://cancerguide.org/kofaq/koinfoframe.html for more information about renal cell cancer. Your mother should see a medical oncologist or surgeon who has experience treating patients with kidney cancer. Renal cell cancer is relatively rare, and not every oncologist knows how to treat it. You can find out the names of kidney cancer experts in your area by calling the Kidney Cancer Association at 800-850-9132. The next step will depend on the location of the reaming metastatic disease and the type of renal cancer. Surgery is always the best treatment, unless the cancer is in too many places to get it all, but there are systemic treatments, too. Metastatic kidney cancer can be successfully treated. It is time to worry, but not time to give up.

Renal Cell-similar Experiences

by Renee_1 on Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi Denise- My mother too was diagnosed with RCC just about 8 months ago. She did not have her kidney removed b/c by the time they diagnosed her, it was in stage 4...it spread rather rapidily to her bones & lung. I was wondering if your mother's doctor has recommended interleukin (IL2) as a treatment for her cancer. My mother finally was put on it two months ago and she tolerated it well...and really felt that she was doing better. Unfortunately, her cancer is at a stage where it is competing with her treatment. She has since been taken off of it. But I thought I would mention it to you in case you or your mother were unsure of what to try. Good luck...I know that this is a tough battle for both of you. K

Renal Cell

by Horse on Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:00 AM

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My husband had renal cell in 2000 and was only found when he had a mole took off his elbow that turned out to be melanoma. For precauationary measures he did a bone scan and cat scan and found a golf ball size mass on his kidney. They only had to remove part of his kidney as it was sitting mostly on the outside. He took no treatment and had checkup every 6 months. 4 1/2 years later his checkup showed a small tumor in his bile duct. Because they could not get a biobsy they removed 1/2 his liver and a bile duct. He was sent to M. D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER to figure what kind of treatment. All of his tests were redone and they found tumors elsewhere. One in his head and two in his pancreas. They decided to treat the colangeocarscnoma first with Chemo. He took three months of Chemo. After that they wanted to treat the tumor in the head. It was decided that it was renal cell and the two in his pancreas was renal cell. He did Sterotatic radio surgery on his head and in four month the tumor had completely disapeared. After the radiation he started INTERFERON twice a day and he has been doing this for five months. As of March 6 the tumors have not grown so he will be in interferon until June and then will rescan and decide from there. Thru these four cancers he has had no symptoms and has not missed work except for the surgery and his appointments at M. D. Anderson. He also has had no side effects from Chemo or Interferon except memory loss. So far we had contained the cancer. Just keep praying and staying on top of everything and eat right, exercise and drink plenty of fluids. Stay in touch

Renal Cell

by Califgirl on Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:00 AM

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My husband has been diagosed with Renal Cell he is going to have his right kidney removed May 9, 2005. I just want a few questions answered if anyone can help me. At what stage was your husbands tumor when they took it out and if you know the percentages of it reacurring. Thanks a bunch, Susan

Husband With Rcc

by Rccwife on Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:00 AM

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My husband was also just diagnosed with rcc. He had his right kidney taken out about 6 weeks ago. He is only 30 years old, and his cancer is classified stage 2-but they feel as though they got it all, and that it didn’t even spread to the lymph nodes. Our oncologist did recommend avastin, but we are unsure. Insurance wont cover it, and we have heard that it may not even help at all. I was just wondering what others recommend, and if anyone else was this young with the disease. Please reply!!! Thank you

Husband With Rcc

by george_p_1 on Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hayley; I was diagnosed with rcc in june 2002. June is also my birth month. My tumor was all contained inside of my left kidney about the size of golf ball. My surgeon was well knowledged with over 37 years experience. My surgery took only a couple of hours. He told my wife that he got it all. Pathology of the kidney revealed no presence of cancer in the lymph nodes which was good. For follow up I had CT Scans each 6 months for approximately 2 years. Chest X-rays each six months. Blood samples each 3 months and urine samples each 3 months. Now I have Ultra-sound check 6 months along with urine and blood samples. My new Urologist was going to teach a Memphis State Uni. but decided to stay here. I fell very comfortable with him. His examines also includes a rectal and prostate exam each 6 months and answers all questions I have. I have not taken any supplemental drugs for the cancer. I am clinically stable of cancer and pray that it stays that way. I drink plenty of filtered water and green tea and kidney and bladder tea along with Puritain Pride Vegetarian Formula Vitamins. The kidney and bladder tea comes from our local homeophatic store. The owner was a medical doctor. I don't drink any form of alcohol and very little carbonated beverage. I am 59 years old now and thank God each day for the time I have shared with my family and close friends. I hope my experience answers some of your questions and brings about a brighter, lighter day. You and your husband will be in our prayers. Stay in touch if needed and above all God Bless and protect your family.
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