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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): 9 month course of Votrient (oral tablets). Primary side effect was hair turning white. No other significant side effects. Initially caused reduction in size of cancer but it subsequently resumed growth at a reduced rate.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Only tumor was to be removed but kidney was more compromised than expected and had to be removed also.

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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized)

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      Grampy

      Initial diagnosis was that a kidney cancer (seen in a previous CT scan of appendix but ignored by the attending surgeon) had grown about 50% during 2 year interval and had metastasized to lung.

      over 3 years ago
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    Treatment delay

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      LiveWithCancer

      I went to my primary care doctor at the very end of October 2012 for something totally unrelated. I was a first-time patient. She detected a knot and had me getting a CT that same day. As soon as she got the results, she set me up for a PET scan.
      That took a few days while she got insurance approval. I had the scan and waited about a qeek for her to call to tell me I had lung cancer and that I had an appointment the following day with an oncologist. My first chemo treatment was on 12/5/2012. It took about 5 weeks from discovery to treatment beginning.

      over 5 years ago
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      barryboomer

      There is TIME as the cancer probably has been growing (If It's Cancer) for many years. BUT be an advocate and don't be afraid of making your Docs Angry. Sometimes we need to be pushy and if they get mad so be it. They make enough money so don't worry about it.
      If THEY Had cancer they'd want action too...ugh!

      over 5 years ago
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      I had a long delay from my initial consult to surgery (about 3.5 weeks). My gyn onc reassured me that the wait wasn't making the cancer any more advanced than it already was. I do believe that we have cancer long before we have symptoms and seek treatment, so a few weeks or even months probably does not alter the outcome. But, I know you're anxious to get something going.

      over 5 years ago
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