Oct 01, 2013 - 9:43 am
Yesterday was an emotionally exhausting day. We saw the doctor at UW hospital. Normally we feel more hopeful after these appointments, but that was not the case yesterday. Brad did not respond to the medication the way we had hoped he would. Because of this, they went back to look at the pathology again. Brad's pathology report was inconclusive. It showed certain traits and was clearly originating from the kidney, but they were unable to identify specifics. Because of this, they went with a Renal Cell Carcinoma diagnosis and treated it as such. There is more research for RCC than other types of kidney cancer. His lack of response to the drug made them look again, and they think that it may be Collecting Duct Carcinoma instead of RCC. There are fewer options for CDC. So the new plan is to start a more traditional chemotherapy (I believe its carboplatin and something else. I have it written down but don't feel like looking it up right now). He will have his treatments once every three weeks. They believe side effects will be minimal. But its a blow. He NEEDS to respond to this treatment. The doctor was less optimistic about the future if he does not respond to this. We are trying to remain optimistic. If he doesn't respond to this new treatment, there is the possibility that the doctor's "educated guess" that this is CDC is wrong and that another RCC drug may work. But that is less likely than this current treatment working. The odds are not good. We need all the prayers and positive thoughts we can get. We thank you all so much for all of the thoughts and prayers for the past several months. Never in a million years did I see us in this position. Not now. Maybe when we were older, but not now.
We appreciate any opinions any of you might have about this.