Sep 27, 2013 - 11:38 am
Good morning folks!
As many of you know, Votrient is most likely not working for me. I had 1mm of general shrinkage at my 3 month CT scan, but then a 1mm growth at the 5 month CT scan. My local oncologist suggests switching to another drug. We meet with the oncology team at UW-Madison on Monday morning for their take on things. I've been reading that 1mm is so small and it's possible that the measurements weren't accurate on the first or second scan. We've also heard that the lymph nodes can swell by 1mm easily when the body is actually fighting the tumors. We'll have to get the oncology team's thoughts on this.
Because of the disappointing scan results my awesome wife has been reaching out to friends with cancer and researching supplements / alternate treatments that they are taking. So far here's what has been suggested:
Tagamet (Cimetidine) - over the counter stomach acid inhibitor (http://cancerx.wordpress.com/2008/11/09/off-label-cimetidine-as-a-cancer-treatment/)
Mistletoe Extract - I'm not sold on this one. There are some potential bad side effects or reactions from this one such as actually promoting cancer cell growth. There aren't enough credible studies to determine if mistletoe extract is effective toward RCC or not.
Probiotics - the general idea is to boost your immune system and help your body to fight off the cancer. Is it just a product which is getting it's 15 minutes of fame, or does it actually help us long term?
I'm eager to get your thoughts on these items. Thank-you for your time.