Oct 05, 2010 - 11:49 am
I am new to this website and to this discussion board. In November 2004, I underwent a radical left nephrectomy for Stage 2 RCC. I received no further treatment at that time because I was told by the urologist who removed the kidney that kidney cancer was non-responsive to both chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
I continued to have regular CT Scans of the chest, pelvis and abdomen. However, I did ditch the urologist and started seeing an oncologist. Last Fall, almost 5 years out, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 RCC as the cancer was found in my lungs and a lymph node. I have since been treated with Avastin and Interferon Alpha; followed by Sutent (didn't tolerate this one well at all); and am currently on Nexavar. I had 20-37% shrinkage in the lung "nodules" on the Interferon and Avastin treatment. Also, the cancer is no longer visible in the lymph node.
I am responding well to the Nexavar, but my oncologist has recently revisited the option of Interleukin-2 treatments. He feels this may be a good option for me since there no longer appears to be lymph node involvement and since the nodules in my lungs are small. At this time, no other involvement has been diagnosed.
Has anyone undergone the high-dose Interleukin-2 treatment? If so, could you please share your experiences with this treatment with me? So far, I have not missed a single day of work due to my cancer treatments. I continue to keep a positive attitude, and my oncologist claims that I have "breezed through" the three treatments I've been on thus far.
Thanks for any insight you may offer.