Jun 14, 2009 - 7:25 am
My wife was diagnosed last May 2008 with a very large tumor which turned out to be kidney cancer. It turned out to be 22 cm in length, 8 cm in width and weighed in at 5 pounds. According to the surgeon - this is a "remarkable" tumor. Because of the size of the tumor, it was declared a stage 3.
The cancer had broken the capsule (a very painful experience for my wife), but the surgeon said that he got clean borders and none of the lymph nodes that he removed showed any signs of cancer. The surgeon even told use that there was no need to consult with an oncologist after the surgery.
We did not take that advice, and we have been seeing an oncologist who got us on a clinical trial for either Sunitinib (Sutent) or Sorafenib - called the Assure Trial. We finish up that clinical trial (at least the drug part) in August, 2009.
So far, we are cancer free (thank God!), but my wife is deathly afraid that the only reason we have not had a recurrence is because of the clinical trial, and that we have a high liklihood of it coming back. Part of her reasoning for thinking this way is because the tumor was so large and aggressive. I say aggressive only because it grew so large so quickly - not because it spread, which it did not. However, it grew so quickly that if actually fractured one of my wife's vertebrae!
We, of course, have asked the oncologist and the surgeon, but really don't get an answer as to whether or not the size of the tumor really matters. Does anyone out here have an opinion on this?