Kidney Cancer - Now Pancreas? My Grandmother

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Kidney Cancer - Now Pancreas? My Grandmother

by trishlovesgram on Thu Jan 21, 2010 04:25 PM

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Does anyone have any information for me regarding diagnosed Kidney cancer and now she has been told they see a spot on the Pancreas and think it may be cancerous but she is too old for surgery, so they will be watching it. She is 88 yrs old and has a bad heart. The only option is to watch and see!!!!

Anyone know someone who had a similar situation?  How long before she gets really sick?  If it spreads to the Pancreas - isn't that a relatively safe way of saying it will be moving pretty quickly at this point.

I want to be aware of what anyone knows so that I can help her prepare.

Thank you

RE: Kidney Cancer - Now Pancreas? My Grandmother

by hopen on Thu Jan 21, 2010 09:55 PM

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My mother was just diagnosed with Kidney cancer and it has spread to her bones, liver, and lung.  It is possible that the spot they see on her pancreas could have spread from the kidney.  If surgery isn't an option, did they mention anything about chemo?  My mother just started on Torisel which is a drug that they hope will shrink the tumors and hopefully stop the spread of the cancer.  Not all kidney cancers spread quickly, in my mother's case, they said it is a more aggressive form.  She was never sick, she just had a lot of back pain and that is how we found out she had it.  Good luck to you and your grandmother.  My prayers are with you!

RE: Kidney Cancer - Now Pancreas? My Grandmother

by Ailene39 on Fri Jan 29, 2010 06:22 PM

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On Jan 21, 2010 4:25 PM trishlovesgram wrote:

Does anyone have any information for me regarding diagnosed Kidney cancer and now she has been told they see a spot on the Pancreas and think it may be cancerous but she is too old for surgery, so they will be watching it. She is 88 yrs old and has a bad heart. The only option is to watch and see!!!!

Anyone know someone who had a similar situation?  How long before she gets really sick?  If it spreads to the Pancreas - isn't that a relatively safe way of saying it will be moving pretty quickly at this point.

I want to be aware of what anyone knows so that I can help her prepare.

Thank you

My husband was diagnosed with recurring renal cell cancer in Jan 2007.  He had a kidney removed in 1990 and no problems until 3 years ago.  A CT scan showed tumors in the liver, pancreas, muscles and groin.  He was 75 years old and also had parkinson's disease and heart disease.  The oncologist reluctantly tried Sutent ( because of his physical condition), but my husband wanted to try.  After 3 months, he had kidney failure and all treatment was discontinued.    

It's been 3 years since his diagnosis and he is pain free, takes no medication for his cancer.  We have lots of problems with the parkinsons disease, but that's another story.  I hope this helps .  I know every person is different, but maybe this will help as you seek answers.    God bless!

RE: Kidney Cancer - Now Pancreas? My Grandmother

by StayFaithful on Mon May 27, 2013 09:16 PM

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Cancer-killing dandelion tea gets $157K research grant

Researchers in Windsor, Ont., have received an additional $157,000 grant for a total of $217,000 to study how effective dandelion root extract is in fighting cancer.

Siyaram Pandey, a biochemist at the University of Windsor, has been studying the anti-cancer potential of dandelion root extract for almost two years.

His team’s first phase of research showed that dandelion root extract forced a very aggressive and drug-resistant type of blood cancer cell, known as chronic monocytic myeloid leukemia, to essentially commit suicide.

Researchers then discovered that repeated treatment with low dose dandelion root extract was effective in killing most of the cancerous cells.

Those initial findings landed the research team a $60,000 grant from Seeds4Hope, which provides money for local cancer research.

Pandey then applied for continued funding from the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation. That $157,000 came through earlier this week bringing the total to $217,000.

Researcher was skeptical at first

Pandey admits he was skeptical when he was first approached by local oncologist, Dr. Caroline Hamm, who was curious about cancer patients who had been drinking dandelion tea and seemed to be getting better.

“To be honest I was very pessimistic,” Pandey said in a statement. “She said it could be coincidental but it couldn’t hurt to see if there is anything.”

Hamm was convinced that the weed contains an active ingredient, but warned earlier this year that "it can harm as well as benefit."

She told CBC News in February that taking dandelion extract tea could interfere with regular chemotherapy, and she urged patients not to mix the natural remedy with other cancer drugs without speaking to a doctor first.

Pandey conducted a literature review and could only find one journal article suggesting dandelions may have cancer-killing properties. But he and his team of graduate students collected a bunch of the weeds anyway, ground them up with a mixture of water in a food processor and developed a simple formula they could experiment with.

They tested the formula on several lines of commercially available leukemia cells and much to their surprise, found that the formula caused those cells to kill themselves, a process called apoptosis.

“It was startling, but it was not that startling until we saw that it was non-toxic to the normal cells,” he said.

John DiCarlo, 72, says dandelion tea saved his life, after other medical treatments for his leukemia failed. (CBC News)

John DiCarlo, 72, was admitted to hospital three years ago with leukemia. Even after aggressive treatment, he was sent home to put his affairs in order with his wife and four children.

The cancer clinic suggested he try the tea. Four months later, he returned to the clinic in remission. He has been cancer free for three years.

He said his doctor credits the dandelions.

"He said, 'You are doing pretty good, you aren't a sick man anymore'," DiCarlo told CBC News in February.

 

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