Jan 07, 2011 - 5:05 pm
I have a friend recently diagnosed with stage 1, maybe 2 RCC, with no lymph nodes or any migration shown on the PET scan. I learned she has decided to not have any surgery and rely on just chemo. I don't know if she has had or will have any radiation.
Can anyone tell me the probability of full recovery with just chemo? I haven't had a chance to do much reading on RCC. I am a caregiver to my brother who has just had his esophagus removed due to Esophageal adenocarcinoma. So I can only base what I have learned on his experiance. I know all cancers are different, but I thought as a rule, the first course is always surgery when given that option. I am wondering if she has an overly optimistic Dr.
I am not a big fan of Chemo, especially when I discovered the traditional chemo drugs today are the same ones they used in the late 70's. I would think they would have come up with better chemo drugs after the billions poured in to research.
Thank you in advance for any info you can give me. Even if it is just a link to a good website on RCC.