Newly dx With Kidney Cancer

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Newly dx With Kidney Cancer

by Djqual on Sat May 14, 2005 12:00 AM

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My mother in law was just recently dx with kidney cancer. They will be doing a biopsy next week. My concern is that she had a kidney and pancreas transplant 6 years ago May 18th. She has developed cancer in her bad kidney it is apx the size of a golf ball. She learned she had cancer when she hurt her back she had thought she pulled a muscle come to find out the cancer has spread to her vertabra, it is eating them away. They have found a spot on her throat after having a scope look down it. They have also found a tumor on her sinus and has recently had skin cancer removed in 8 spots. My concern is that due to her transplant and anti rejection medicine she takes will not allow her to have chemo or radiation and how it has spread that they may tell us there is nothing they can do. Any encouragment will help.

Newly Diagnosed

by Jbroder2000 on Tue May 17, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi, I wouldnt worry about the chemotherapy/radiation, as they are seldom used in the treatment of RCC because they are not effective. Until very recently there have not been many treatment options. I had a nephrectomy in 04-03 and no mets were discovered until 11-04. I was on interferon for awhile and for awhile it seemed to help. I am now on Avistin (IV drug bi-weekly) and Tarceva(pill form once a day) These drugs have only recently been apporved, and niether for kidney cancer, but I got mine paid for thru the drug maker...Genentec. They assisted me thru the appeals process and now my insurance has picked up payment. There are other promising drugs, Pfizer has two that are very promising, most notably Sutent (pill form) which is in clinical trial. Hope this helps. Joe

How Did You Get Genentec to Pay For It?

by Franklintn on Sun May 22, 2005 12:00 AM

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Just curious. My dad is stageIV with Lungs mets and we live here Nashville where Avastin and Tarceva were involved in clinical trials. I think it could help him.

Avastin and Tarceva

by Rccdoc on Fri Jul 01, 2005 12:00 AM

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Avastin and Tarceva is one option with some encouraging data, but this still needs to be confirmed in larger trials. It remains unclear whether Tarceva adds anything to Avastin as a single agent as the trials of Tarceva by itself did not demonstrate any antitumor activity. There is a trial of avastin +/- tarceva which will help answer the question. This trial recently closed and the results are anxiously awaited. There was a large Phase III trial of Avastin +/- IFN which has just closed and the results of this trial will not be available for several months. Until these trials are reported the role of Avastin still lies in question. The two drugs furthest along in the process, and closest to FDA approval are the Bayer and Pfizer drugs (Sutent and Sorafenib).
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