Carolla's Journey with Renal Cell Carcinoma

Patient: Kidney Cancer > Renal Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 61, Stage IV

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    • Carolla
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

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    • Carolla
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    found out March14, 2012 I had cancer that had shut down my right kidney/took it over the mass was so large. It was also in my liver (they removed 40% of it) and also into my inferior vena cava (they removed 2 tumor clots from there). Surgery went well.....doctors were NOT sure I would survive the surgery; I thought it went well and was "not that big a deal". the worst part of the surgery was the drain the liver doctor put in; i had that 3 weeks. As soon as that came out, my appetite came back and I started doing much better. Went back to work the end of June. In august we started Votrient because I have 2 tumor clots (1 in each lung). Could only stay on that 29 days as my liver became inflamed and platelets kept dropping. On Oct. 9th I started Sutent. I feel good; am hoping this is the miracle drug for me!

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Carolla
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was on Votrient for 29 days and it disagreed with my body. Started Sutent on 10/9 and so far, so good. I go for blood work on 10/16 (locally) and back to U of Michigan on 10/23.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Carolla
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Liver problems

    Side Effects

    My mouth felt strange; foods did not taste the same...had no taste. Platelets dropped too low; liver enzymes went sky-high. I do have hot flashes; but the doctor says it's the kidney cancer, not the medicine.

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