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    You need a board certified nephrologist to be your voice. They may have to preadmit you for hydration and for premedication. There is a drug used for respiratory patients that can reduce potential injury.  In the 7 years since his kidney was removed, my husband had 2 CTs with contrast, both done with all the preps I outlined. After that, under advice from two other specialists, we got a nephrologist on board to ...

    March 13 at 3:11 PM view post
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      My oncology nurse told me to try over the counter Claritin just before chemo and stay on it for a week or two after. I was already on daily Clarinex, so quit taking it for 3 days, just to see. Yep, the neuropathy that I didn't have before, showed its ugly head and I went back on the Clarinex which I took daily for allergies. The symptoms went away. It's not known why an antihistamine like Clariton or Clarinex would w...

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        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 curc...

        January 24 at 8:31 PM view post
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          The newest thing is to use immunotherapy and sometimes also a targeted therapy after RCC surgery, and before recurrence. Anytime you have surgery, your immune system suffers, immediately afterward, a prime occasion for any stray RCC cell to propagate. So it makes complete sense to stimulate the immune system to prevent that. Docs started doing this new practice  late last summer as a result of some big clinical ...

          January 13 at 5:41 PM view post
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            Gentlemen, in 2017, the VA issue a public statement admitting that Agent Orange can cause RCC and that over 90% of those tested had the clear cell variety.  The VA approved 2 claims for RCC/ Agent Orange in 2017 just in my church community, evidently without a fuss. As an RN and my husband's nurse, I kept up on this cancer, its research and what was available to control it until my husband died, 19 months ago, a...

            January 03 at 9:47 PM view post
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              Mammos are indeed very important. But, if you get a radiologist who says your mammo is negative and the ultrasound is, "probably benign," and "come back in 6 months, " as I did, in 2011, trust your gut anyway, and seek a breast surgeon for a biopsy. I still had to persuade my surgeon before he agreed to pursue it, because he trusted the radiologist (and I certainly didn't!). However, he did it and the path report cam...

              November 15 at 9:18 PM view news story
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                people are often confused about what is actually cheaper. We opted for Tricare Standard and not Prime, decades ago because Prime costs less but greatly limits your choices of care. As an RN case manager, I knew that and warned our kids and friends. Many people who didn't do that, including our adult kids, (who listens to Mom, anyway?)  lived to regret their choice. So we pay more but we get to choose and the pol...

                July 28, 2017 view news story
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                  A couple guys mentioned Agent Orange and renal cancer and applying for VA compensation about 4 years ago on this web site. One was kind enough to post the court hearing where the judge ruled in his favor. We are certain that my husband's RCC came from that exposure in Viet Nam. You can find similar posts by googling for them.

                  May 12, 2017 view post
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                    I had a squamous cell cancer on the bridge of my nose in 2010. I went to the plastic surgeon who did a full thickness skin graft. The local derms like to leave huge craters from the Mohs. The most recent studies suggest that surgical removal is every bit as effective as the Mohs. Back then, I didn't want serial trips to the dermatologists (they get to charge for every Mohs they do even on the same area, and two of th...

                    April 12, 2017 view post
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                      Ask the doc to prescribe imiquimod, (Aldara is the brand name), instead of Efudex. I personally think it is safer to use. This drug was originally invented for vaginal warts, but they found a now FDA approved secondary use to clear up small skin cancers and karatoses. It does not turn the face red or burn, unlike efudex. You only apply it 3 times a week and you can paperclip the package shut so it goes further. We ha...

                      March 23, 2017 view post
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