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azkidney57 (@azkidney57)

Sutent for renal cell carcinoma: What are the side effects?

Cancer | Last Active: Aug 24, 2019 | Replies (19)

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Are there any women that have taken Sutent for renal cell carcinoma out there? I will be starting this toxic drug and I am concerned about the side effects. I work full time. I may lose my hair or it could turn white or grey. I am a woman this fucking cancer is going to effect my body image. Also, will I end up with chemo brain? The cancer people I see don’t know how this drug will effect me. I am very distressed. I am a care giver for my mom. I don’t want this to destroy my life. I hope I will have enough energy to walk my dog. It is 2 am and I can’t sleep.

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@azkidney57, I don't have cancer and I am not familiar with this drug or treatment plan, however, I can understand your fear and questioning of the unknown future. I do have a liver and a kidney transplant, and I have faced the very real possibility of my own unknown furute. I believe that there come a time when we have to weigh risk vs benefits. No one can predict how one might react compared to another as we are each different in how our body reacts.

You are not alone in your thinking – no one of us wants to endure serious health and treatments. We, the patient, can help ourselves by educating ourselves and building a working relationship with our care team. Also, we have to learn to accept that things are going to be different for now, and make preparations for any possible changes. We must be open to asking for, and accepting help from others. My strongest personal belief is to focus on the positives while living one day at a time.

Have your doctors indicated whether they can treat the worrisome side effecte if/when they occur?
Do you have help in caring for your mom?

@azkidney57 Did you decide to start Sutent next week or to opt for surveillance? How are you doing?

@azkidney57, you asked to meet other women who have experience with kidney cancer. Please meet @darlia and @trishanna. I’m not sure if either of them have had treatment with Sutent, but they can definitely understand the apprehension of starting a new treatment and being worried about side effects and changes to body image.

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