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Kidney cancer metastases after 10 yrs

7 Dec 2017 13:34

Hi everyone.  I'm new to this.  I really need help with my diagnosis that my cancer spread after 10yr. Went for my 10yr ct scan and found a small tumour in my remaining kidney.  I'd had a partial nephrectomy 10yr ago. And a tumour in the lung . All the they said about size of the tumour in lung was  'larger. 10yr ago it was 3mm so they left it and it's never grown. What im asking is that the doctors last week said they start me on tablets to shrink the tumour but now they've change the mind. Yes it is small the kidney tumour 1.5inch but I only have 2.5 left. I can't have chemo or radiotherapy due to being in renal failure and removal will put me straight on to dialysis.  Can anyone explain why the doc said they monitor it rather than treat it. 




Re: Kidney cancer metastases after 10 yrs

8 Dec 2017 10:43 in response to Gayle14

Hello Gayle14,

Thank you for posting question. I am very sorry to learn that you have had a recurrence of your kidney cancer.

I would like to be able to help, but I am not sure that I can. This is because I am not directly involved in your care and do not know the full details of your situation. It is really only your own specialist team who can tell you why this decision has been made in your individual case. If you have a nurse specialist at the hospital, they could be a good person to contact. Leave a message and I am sure they will get back to you.

However, it is fair to say that doctors will sometimes monitor very small kidney cancers, rather than treat them right away. This is because they can grow so slowly that they might not need any treatment.  Also when kidney cancer comes back doctors have to balance the side effects of treatment against the potential benefits. I am not precisely sure what tablet your doctors were originally planning to give you, but I expect it was one of the biological therapies.  You can read about these treatments here.

These treatments do have side effects that may have an impact on someone’s quality of life. So it sometimes make sense to hold off on treatment if a kidney cancer is not growing very fast and particularly if it is not causing any symptoms.  If it starts to grow and is causing symptoms, then doctors rethink things and perhaps start treatment.  This approach may seem a little strange but in some circumstances it is not always better to have treatment right away.

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