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I want to bring up a point that has been mentioned and I feel strongly about. Kidney cancer may have been a death sentence in the past. Surgery has been the most effective in removing these neoplasms. Now, Sutent, Votrient, MDX-1106 and other new advances have been proven to extend many lives... This is the point... We can not give up or feel defeated due to diagnosis or prognosis. Our cure may only be around the corner. Maintain a positive outlook. Our success affects not only ourselves but our friends and more importantly our family. Our goal is to stay strong. Stay healthy. Take care of ourselves. Eat well. Follow our Doctors advice. We need to be here to benefit from it. So, use all your resources available. Including the advice and support from this forum. It may be only next week that they announce a cure. So make sure you are all here for our future options. And remember..FLY

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(and I'm not referring to scanner radiation!) I absolutely agree with you. Now just remember to practise what you preach when it comes to your diet Fox!

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My history with RCC started many years ago, I watched as seven people close to me succumbed to it's ravage with no hope for survival. The advances of the past few years and new therapies on the horizon give me hope that we will live to piss on the grave of this disease!

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foxhd
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Knowing 7 people to pass away from RCC is unbelievable. What can be the common denominator? In a neighboring town multiple sclerosis is very common. It has to be more than just bad luck.

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Jamie remarked that she believes in patterns rather than 'overwhelming coincidences' and you'll remember my speculations about Michigan and golf!

Joking aside, remembering the role of the "Broad Street pump" (cholera source in 19C London) in establishing modern epidemiology, it behoves us all to remain on the qui vive for possible leads in understanding the underlying causes of this devious disease.

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It is strange and nothing seems to indicate that West Michigan is a hot spot for RCC, but I don't believe in coincidence. I feel like there must be a connection, but all are from different backgrounds and locations (rural vs. small town and big city) and only one was female (mother of a friend). Probably never know.

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I am from west Michigan, as was my father. When I purchased my crutches last week, I got into a conversation with the lady at the medical supply store and her father passed from kidney cancer. She was asking me what my symptoms were. And I found out a co-workers father also had kidney cancer. For an uncommon cancer it seems to be common in my world lately.

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It does make yo go hmmmmm?

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Texas_wedge
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I hope I didn't start a hare here! (but it does make you go hmmm? !)

On that theme - speculating about the aetiology of RCC - I have a question for iceman.

Iceman, you have an analytical turn of mind and have not been afraid to ask pertinent questions of the medics. Add to that the fact that, as Gary constantly reminds us, you pre-date da Vinci, and you must be regarded as the oracle of the RCC forum. So, my question is: can you think of, or have you ever heard anything interesting about, co-morbidities with RCC? I remember your mentioning the advice you were given regarding cardiovascular issues. That makes sense in view of the significance of "the silent killer", high blood pressure, as a causative factor in RCC.

Many of us here seem to have none of the major risk factors, notably obesity and a smoking habit. Possibly hypertension is an often overlooked factor if, like me, you've always taken for granted that you are normotensive, haven't seen a doctor from one decade to another and never had a health screening between the ages of 7 and 65. Perhaps the silent killer was actually lurking in the shadows.

Are there possibly informative ailments that some of us have suffered from, in addition to RCC, that could afford pointers to how come we succumb to this mysterious affliction? I'm not laying a great burden of expectation on you iceman, but if anyone here is well-placed to have thought about such things it must be you.

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