Patient Comments: Kidney Cancer - Treatment

What was the treatment for your kidney cancer?

Comment from: Kevs Gurl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I am diagnosed with high blood pressure again. I had it in my early 40s, took medications and was ok until I passed a kidney stone. Miraculously the high BP went away. Doctor says it is not related. I say otherwise. Then last year at age 55 I was diagnosed again. I tried two different medicines, not really working. One day I will be 130/75 and the next 156/85. I work three days a week and exercise and watch my diet. What more can I do!

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Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I developed transverse myelitis and while trying to diagnosis this the hospital did a CT scan and found a 9 cm tumor on my right kidney. I had a full right nephrectomy in 2011 and have been cancer free since. For the first year I had 3 month follow ups and then it went to every 6 months and now I am on yearly follow-ups for next 6 years. I do blood lab tests every year, chest x-rays every so often and CT scans about a couple of years apart. I have had no adverse effects of living with a single kidney and feel fully healthy. My left kidney is functioning better than the two. Life is good.

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Comment from: spirit0323, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 26

My husband had a small lump on the left side and when the CT was done it showed a large mass of 7 cm on the right kidney. Nothing on left! I got him to the cancer center. They did cryosurgery; that was in 2005. He has been good since then, just started getting RBCs in his urine. He did not have any portion of his kidney removed.

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Comment from: Dave V., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 09

In late 2011 I had blood in my urine. I went to a urologist who took samples but was unable to determine what the cause of the bleeding was. I had a CT scan and it showed a small growth in the kidney and ureter. I went in to the hospital so the urologist could insert a catheter into the kidney to do a biopsy, and if the tumors were cancerous and small he was going to laser them. As it turned out I was not so lucky and surgery was set up to remove the right kidney and ureter. He was sure all the cancer was removed. Three months (February 2012) later a scope of my bladder showed cancer and this time I went in for a round of chemotherapy. A PET scan in May 2012 showed no cancer, a PET scan in late 2012 showed cancer in my prostate and bladder so I had surgery in December to remove the bladder, prostate and 16 lymph nodes. I had a PET scan every 3 months and in late 2013 cancer showed up in my urethra, again I went in for surgery to remove it and was told it was all removed. Again, I had PET scans every 3 months and in June a PET scan showed I had coronary artery blockage and a nonfunctioning thyroid. In July I had stents put in my heart which was not a major problem, until the September scan showed that the cancer had returned, this time in my liver. After the stents were put in my heart I was put on Plavix for life which is a blood thinner and anti-coagulant which meant I could not quit taking it for any reason, even surgery. My oncologist needed a biopsy to determine the type of cancer, whether it was a new cancer in a new location or old cancer in a new location, metastatic or not. He consulted my cardiologist who said I could not stop taking my medications for a standard biopsy, it was however, determined that enough tissue could be acquired by doing a thin needle biopsy which wouldn't require taking me off the medications. The biopsy confirmed it was the old cancer in a new location, metastatic liver cancer. I had chemotherapy for 3 cycles 3 weeks apart, took 7 hours to infuse the drugs each time. After that I went in for 5 treatments of radiation to try and shrink the tumor in the liver and then I went back in for chemotherapy again for 3 more cycles of chemotherapy. I had a PET scan 03/03/2015. I picked up a copy of the scan and radiologist report today, 03/05/2015. From what I can determine the scan shows no active cancer, but I'm not a doctor. I'm sure my oncologist is going to call in a day or so to go over the report so I will know for sure if I've beaten cancer, again. At least until the end of the year. Good luck all.

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