Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
131 Doctors are Online

Diagnosed with kidney cancer. Taking medicine. What are the findings in the report?

Jul 2016
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 1971
Answered : 8343 Questions
this is my mother in law report , she was diagnostic with kidney cancer , these are reports in different times , is these reports show advancment in treatment and is she responding well ? she is taking one medication called sutent is it enough ? or there could be other solutions ?

please check under report name XXXXXXX
Posted Fri, 26 Apr 2013 in Kidney Conditions
Answered by Dr. P. T. Patil 2 hours later

Thanks for your query. Based on the facts that you have posted, it appears that your mother in law is suffering from Renal Cell Carcinoma of the Right Kidney with secondary in Adrenal gland and Iliac bone.

The ideal treatment for Renal cell carcinoma is Radical Nephrectomy followed by Chemotherapy. However, this can not be thought of since she has already undergone Left sided Nephrectomy for some benign condition.

At present, she is on anti cancer drug Sutent (Sunitinib). This drug is known to decrease the size of the tumour especially Renal Cell Carcinomas, which is evident from her successive C.T scan reports.
In view of she having only one kidney, you have no other option but to continue the same medication, but do not expect the tumour to regress completely.

Hope I have answered your query.
Please feel free to ask if you have any more questions I shall be happy to help you.
Thanks with Regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Diagnosed with kidney cancer. Taking medicine. What are the findings in the report? 32 minutes later
thank you doctor , i was wondering what are the side effects of sutent and is it the only option ? she feels dezzy most of the time and there is a pain in her leg bone , is that from sutent or from cancer ?

is the cancer already spread all over the body ? can we remove the part where the tumor is ??

thanks again for your co operation
Answered by Dr. P. T. Patil 6 hours later

Thanks for follow up.

Since she has a tumor in Central portion of the Kidney it is technically not possible to remove the tumor by what is called as Partial Nephrectomy which is carried out for tumors in either lower or upper part of the kidney.

Her cancer is in advanced stage and spread to distant location like iliac bone and Adrenal Gland on opposite side hence only removal of the primary tumor will not be helpful at all.

This drug (Sutent) is safe for Renal Cell Carcinomas and has side effects like cardiac problem and generalized weakness due to decrease in W.B.C count which is common with almost all chemotherapeutic agents.

Her pain in leg may be due to metastasis in iliac bone.

There is no option but to continue the drug that she is taking.

Thanks and Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Nephrologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor