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?
HelloI am curious to see if anyone else is having the same issue I am having. After my surgery they discovered I was very anemic and after they got that all worked out then I started having hot flashes about 5 times a day some last longer than others but they are very annoying and now because of the hot flashes they are coming with a rash. My family dr said the rash is because of my body...
I was diagnosed with RCC at the end of September 2016. I had a nephrectomy of my left kidney Oct 5th. It was 10cm. I had absolutely no symptoms until 1 morning I couldn't pee. I want to confirm that what I am feeling is normal and I'm not crazy I feel as if I'm in a waiting room waiting for the next shoe to drop.And that e eryone does care but they don't really get what's happening with you...