Earlier this year, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 RCC. One of this kidneys was then removed. An MRI after the surgery showed that there was a spread in his spine and lymph nodes around the kidney, although the doctor was optimistic about it since he said the bulk of the cancer was removed and only specs of them were left. This gave us a lot of hope.
They started him on 4 tables of Votrient a day and he did NOT handle it well at all. He lost so much weight and could not eat because his mouth and throat were full of sores. He was brought to the ER a few times for IV because he couldn't swallow even water. But 3 months after taking 4 tablets a day, his MRI showed positive results. No further metastasis and it was shrinking. However, the doctor said that 4 tablets a day was hindering his quality of life, the oncologist then reduced his dosage to 2 tablets a day. Yet still, it seems his body cannot handle it. Although he is able to eat now, he is still losing too much weight and sores would appear on his hands and feet, impairing his ability to walk or hold things.
Today the onco decided he should stop Votrient completely. He said that my father was losing way too much weight. He ordered a CT scan to see if the Votrient was still working with him but he informed us that he is suggesting immunotherapy. He said that maybe Votrient isn't the right treatment for my father. I tried doing some research and I can't seem to find much written about people's experience with immunotherapy? Can anyone please shed light on this for me? I'm very nervous. Also, do you reckon we should get a second opinion?
This post may come out a little jumbled because that is just what I am feeling inside...jumbled. A friend of mine who I met through a caregiving support group father has just passed away and I thought that I would come here for a little support and maybe some help to ascertain exactly what I am experiencing concerning the loss of my mother.I do not allow myself to think about her because when I...
My best friend of 9 years died last year on her 21st birthday. We didn't find out until two days later, as she got into a car accident. Her friend was driving the car drunk when it flipped over and caught on fire. I celebrated her 22nd birthday on Friday with a cake and candles--then yesterday, Was one year that I found out. I've been feeling awful. I can't stop thinking about her, crying; I've...