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My dad's Fight

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Joined: Jun 2008

Hi Everyone. My dad (53) was recently diagnosed with advanced renal cell carcinoma. It has spread from his kidney to his liver and his lung. Recently he had his left femur removed because the cancer had also spread to his bone and is slowly recovering. He is on Toricel. He has not had his kidney removed as his doctor said his liver was a major concern and did not want to delay chemotherapy. Normal Liver function levels are from 300-600 and my dad was at 3,000. In the last 4 weeks his liver levels have been brought down to 720. The doctors are pleased. I'm assuming that means somehow the chemo is working. I'm hopeful. I dont know why, but I am. He's young and tough - I thought if anyone could beat this it's my dad. I am 5 months pregnant with his first grandchild so I am hoping this gives him reason to look forward. Sure I may be bias, but he is the most honest, giving person I have ever met in my life. I just dont know why good people's crosses are so heavy to bear sometimes. He was diagnosed on the 20th anniversary of my grandfather dying from stomach cancer, so I will remember that date well.

I was wondering if anyone had any advice, what the next step may be if his condition continues to improve. I appreciate anything.

Thanks so much for listening... please know when I pray for him I pray for all of you as well.

soccerfreaks's picture
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Joined: Sep 2006

You may want to post this in the kidney and liver cancer discussion areas as well, if you have not yet done so. Those folks will be able to give you a really good idea of what to expect.

In the meantime, best wishes to your dad and his entire family.

Take care,


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