Sep 11, 2006 - 8:45 pm
My father was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer 1 month ago. He has metastatic nodules in the lungs, but otherwise no symptoms except for choking caugh, when talking for more than 1-2 minutes. He is in relatively good physical shape (he is 71), aside from side effects from Sutent taken for 10 days now.
Physician thought his kidney does not need to be removed, since tumor is not large enough (3-4 inches large). From reading discussions on this network, I understand that ALL kidney cancer survivors HAD cancerous kidney removed as part of treatment. I am very concerned that leaving his kidney may prevent Sutent from fighting cancer off. I would appreciate a short feedback from you on whether or not your doctor recommended removal of the cancerous kidney, as pre-condition to successful treatment. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.