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I may be put on Sutent. I had a nephrectomy for a clear cell renal carcinoma this May. What are the side effects? I am cancer free right now but my doctor is concerned about micro metastasis
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 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.
Thank you for your reply. I find very few people on Sutent who are Stage 3 RCC. The disease is rare so I am not getting a lot of feed back. I also discovered there is one 1 study showing Sutent is helpful at all in a stage 3 RCC with not Mets. Sutent is not a popular drug. I have been reading differing literature. The New England Medical Journal has a recent article on Sutent and it says it isn’t effective for my stage RCC. My oncologist suggested I go on this drug. I am concerned. Why do on a drug with major side effects if it may not help me. This doctor is willing to put me on 37.5 mg instead of 50 mg but even at a lowered dose the side effects remain. I have work and take this drug. I don’t know if I will able to accomplish this. The drug is so toxic.
@azkidney57, you are asking your oncologist all the right questions. Have you shown the NEMJ about the article on Sutent and shared your concerns? It might be helpful if your oncologist could share with you stats of probability of effectiveness in your case. What might the probability of recurrence be if you don't take the drug. They won't be able to answer this precisely of course, but it sounds like you need and deserve more answers and understanding of how this impacts your life now as well as in the future.
@azkidney57, I am thinking about you. I hope all is going well for you.
I am waiting for authorization for the Sutent I will be taking. This drug is so toxic I hope my side effects will allow me to work. These past 4 months have been very difficult for me. It is stressful to have had cancer, have to worry about recurrence and now I am dealing with a growing pile of bills. Financially this is also a “burden” I can’t pay all the hospital and doctor bills at once. There isn’t a day I don’t worry about everything. It is difficult to sleep. I am an edge all the time. I would like to keep working but the drug may have too many side effects. I just don’t know yet. My life has been turned upside down. I hope I make it.
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