andreacha's Journey:

Patient: Kidney Cancer > Renal Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 14 years ago, Female, Age: 76, Stage IV

  1. 1
    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 6 years ago
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    I have cancer.

    Oh No

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  2. 2
    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Had full right nephrectomy after removing tumor from right chamber of heart and vena cava (blood vessel to heart). On ventilator for 7 weeks, feeding tube for 6 weeks, dialysis for 7 weeks, pneumonia, TIA, ICU for 8 weeks. Total 7 weeks in hospital then transferred to ICU rehab at another facility.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    Now in my left kidney.

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    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Only had a 10 day hospital stay the second time. Did not have to be on a ventilator this time.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    Was cancer free for four and a half years. Tested every three months since original surgery.

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    over 6 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Another small growth on partial left kidney. Prefer not to operate because of location. Has metastasized to lungs as well.

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    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    On oral chemo, Sutent, for two years in May of 2014. Hair thinning but not lost. Turned hair white where it had been dark gray. Constipation, diarrea and fatigue most common side effects.I take 50mgs one day and 25 the next. On the chemo for two weeks and then one week off and repeat.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Very anemic. Have shots of Aranesp when needed - determined by hemoglobin count. Fatigue, constipation, diarrea, thinning of hair, turned color of hair white.Now white cell counts, hemoglobin, platelets, are all on a roller coaster - up and down -up and down - Now they are concerned about Neutrofils. I must learn more about this when I see him. Had to miss appointment 2 days ago because of no transportation. Depending upon numbers sometimes I am on the oral chemo. Sometimes not. Makes me feel I am without protection when I am off the chemo yet I know it's the chemo that is afffecting my numbers. Getting quite nervous now.

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  9. 9
    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    almost 6 years ago
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    Oh No

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

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    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    almost 6 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    The cancer has spread to my liver 8mm mass - Oct. 2014. Mass is stable as of last MRI in January. If and when further growth is detected a biopsy will be done. If malignant will have Cyber Knife radiation of the mass on liver.

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    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    almost 6 years ago
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    Sutent - oral chemo. Have been on it since May of 2012 and within the last 6 months it has become less effective.

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    almost 6 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery

    This person has yet to add any details about this experience.

    Went as Expected: Not Specified
    Minimal Recovery: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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