Apr 29, 2012 - 6:19 pm
I'm daughter to a strong and loving father faced with the unimaginable situation of having to decide what treatment path to undergo. I myself go back and forth on what I'd like to see him do, and it breaks my heart to think of the thoughts that might be racing through his mind ...
This past February 2012 he went to doctor for pain in his stomach. Several scans later it was confirmed large mass in kidney, with probable metastisis to lungs, liver and bones.
March 2012 - Right radical nephrectomy. Path reports came back Kidney Cancer, Stage IV, grade 4, tumor showing focal sarcomatoid features and also focal granular and clear cell; and it was metastatic to bone, liver and lungs.
His prognosis is poor. Treatment options given were basically get your affairs in order, enjoy life you have left, treating symptoms as they appear. Or he could be treated with Sunitinib or Gemcitabine, with the hopes of prolonging the outcome by few months.
For 73 year old man, high blood pressure, but otherwise healthy, what would you do? Does age you start these treatments play a factor in how you might react? I know everyone is different and reacts different, I guess I just need words of hope from those who've been there to try to be strong for whatever path he chooses ...