Jun 24, 2008 - 3:33 pm
My dad has been being treated for Stage IV renal cell (kidney) cancer. Dx 4/2008. It has spread to the liver and lungs and his left femur. Of course I can not relate to his diagnosis, but I do understand the severity of the situation. That said, we have been blessed so far. The dr (UPMC Hillman Cancer Center) was able to remove the femur and tumors around it...His liver lever went from an almost deathly 3000 to 720 (normal is about 600) with his chemo. And I would say his side effects are minimal... fatigue, lack of appetite...etc. What breaks my heart is the emotion is sucked right out of him. My father was normally the first person you hear when you walked into a room, laughing and carrying on and now he sits in a chair with his mouth slightly open and stares... no laughing, no smiling...nothing. He is currently on paxil and I am wondering if the med could have a reverse affect. He is still having trouble walking from having his bone replaced, but he's more and more moble every day. And each time he goes for his labs the doctor remarks he "seems to be having a good reaction to the therapy". I mean isnt that what patients want??? He hasnt had any scans yet but his liver/blood levels are looks almost normal again.