Nov 19, 2013 - 10:59 am
This is my first post so I thought it would be best to provide some basic information about myself and my experience with kidney cancer .
I am male , 60 years of age. I was diagnosed with stage four Renal Cel Carcinoma in March of 2011 .
I had a laproscopic nephrectomy of my left kidney in April of that year after which I was found to have a tumor in my abdomin and another in my left lung . I went on Sutent for five months during which time the tumors continued to grow . In December of 2011 I started in a clinical trial of BMS-936558 , now known as Nivolumab . In February 2012 the tumors began to shrink and by March they had completely disappeared . I am still getting Nivolumab every three weeks and will continue as long as no new tumors show up or until Nivolumab is approved for use . I hope that day comes soon so more people can benefit . It breaks my heart to see so many people suffer when there are a number of promissing treatments just on the horizen.
Never give up the fight . Always try to keep a positive attitude .
I am very thankful for the existance of this forum and hope I can add something helpful to it .