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?
theatre and I are there already. I'm having a very berry tea with crackers, cheese and cherry tomatoes and she's having a joint with some beer and we're both on really comfy recliners on thick pile carpet. we need some help with the decor if anyone is around??
I'm trying to exercise daily. I was doing fairly well until I sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago but now I'm getting back on the horse. Today I walked over a mile with my arm weights that are about 22lbs total. I was out of shape and it was hard on my arms. I also did my 30 situps. I'm also going to drink a lot of water and try to eat healthy. I do tend to have a sweet tooth but I'm cutting...