failing kidney

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failing kidney

by Grub52 on Sat Dec 01, 2018 06:21 PM

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My husband has been on sutent for a year and half after having one kidney removed. the sutent has kept the cancer controled. The doc has taken him off the meds until we see him in January. Because the remaining kidney is not working well as a result of of the sutent, does anyone know what happens now  aren't all of the treatments going to be hard on the kidney?

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by Tkhk1954 on Sun Dec 30, 2018 06:27 AM

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Talk to a nephrologist immediately. Also follow a strict kidney friendly diet.

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by Qz889l on Thu Jan 17, 2019 04:03 PM

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Unless your husband has an underlying issue with his kidney, sutent rarely causes kidney damage.  Sutent is metabolized in the liver. 

RCC is a very rare cancer (3% of all cancers) and should be treated by an RCC specialist.  The nuances and treatments for this type of cancer are more complex than the "standard" types of cancer.  Most Oncologists only have a cursory knowledge of how to approach the disease.  I would suggest you inquire about an RCC specialist at SMARTPATIENTS.com .  The forums there are answered almost immediately.

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by donsmrs on Thu Jan 24, 2019 08:31 PM

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On Dec 01, 2018 6:21 PM Grub52 wrote:

My husband has been on sutent for a year and half after having one kidney removed. the sutent has kept the cancer controled. The doc has taken him off the meds until we see him in January. Because the remaining kidney is not working well as a result of of the sutent, does anyone know what happens now  aren't all of the treatments going to be hard on the kidney?

We went down the same road and thanks to a nutritionist and our oncologist, My husband was started on curamed curcumin, 750mg. twice a day. Within 3 months, his kidney numbers improved greatly and his cholesterol dropped. He started making more healthy brood cells, because an angry, irritated kidney does no one any good. You can get this stuff cheapest on Amazon. Curcumin is also in turmeric, but only 10% of the curcumin is in a capsule of turmeric, You'd have to take a lot more turmeric than might be healthy. In any case, turmeric is not as beneficial for this purpose. Curcumin also works like a weaker form of plavix, a drug that prevents platelet clumping and clots. Over 18 months on curcumin, a lot of soft plaque leaves the body so the blood vessels are healthier, as will be the remaining kidney.  I fully agree that a nephrologist is needed.  My husband's nephrologist, who is not into complementary therapies,  took his time coming around to Curcumin but after 6 months or so, comparing Don's lab reports, he began to show new respect for it. This is never to be used instead of cancer drugs. This is to better enable the body to tolerate the cancer drugs that are needed. It does work. It got my husband off blood transfusions once the now-healthier kidney, thanks to the curcumin, began to produce the right amount of erythropoietin, the hormone that signals the bone marrow to make more healthy red blood cells. Hope this helps!

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by Grub52 on Fri Jan 25, 2019 01:27 AM

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Thank-you for this information I will ask our oncologist about it. But the way I understand it the Sutent shrinks the blood vesels to starve the cancer, so I don't know how this would interact with the other(curamed curcumin). That is the problem with cancer treatments they are all still just experements.

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