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Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Husband has stage 4 renal cell carcinoma, spread to right lung, vera cava vein, left kidney removed when can we expect him to get sick?

Dr. Addagada Rao
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Husband has stage 4 renal cell carcinoma, spread to right lung, vera cava vein, left kidney removed when can we expect him to get sick?

Unfortunate: Sorry , instead of thinking how many months from now is going to get sick, think how many good months or years if newer chemo drugs may give long remission. Positive thinking is needed , good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Devon Webster
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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How long does someone with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma have? Weeks? Months? A year?

Dr. Devon Webster
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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How long does someone with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma have?  Weeks?  Months?  A year?

It depends: I know that's what we always say. But stage 4 renal cancer prognosis depends on many factors. Someone who is very ill with an elevated ldh, elevated calcium, and anemia has months to a year. Someone who responded to immunotherapy and has normal labs may have several years or more. Your doctor knows, and if he/she is not saying, ask. And say you want the truth. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Howard Usitalo
Board Certified, Urology
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What is the prognosis for stage 4 renal cell carcinoma?

Dr. Howard Usitalo
Board Certified, Urology
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What is the prognosis for stage 4 renal cell carcinoma?

Poor: Unfortunately even with chemo, stage IV renal cell has a short survival time. Some reasonably good chemo agents are coming available but present therapies may work for a while, then quit working. ...Read more

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Dr. Bertram Yuh
Board Certified, Urologic Oncology
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How long would someone with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma have?

Dr. Bertram Yuh
Board Certified, Urologic Oncology
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How long would someone with stage 4 renal cell carcinoma have?

Varies: Even within stage 4, there are varying severities of disease. Survival can occasionally go beyond five years though most people will succumb in two or less years. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Howard Tay
Board Certified, Urology
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Is renal cell carcinoma stage 4 an aggressive cancer?

Dr. Howard Tay
Board Certified, Urology
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Is renal cell carcinoma stage 4 an aggressive cancer?

Stage 4 : Stage 4 renal cell carcinoma usually means that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. At this stage, the cancer is consider very aggressive. www.peedoc.com @drhtay. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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My brother has been diagnosed with metastatic renal cell carcinoma stage 4. Am i at risk of this disease . Is this cancer rare?

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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My brother has been diagnosed with metastatic renal cell  carcinoma stage 4.  Am i at risk of this disease . Is this cancer rare?

Maybe: Discuss this with your brother and his oncologist. There are rare familial renal cancer syndromes. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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My father was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma stage 4. Any suggestions on the best places to go for treatment?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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My father was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma stage 4. Any suggestions on the best places to go for treatment?

Any large center: We have much more to offer people with advanced renal cell carcinoma than in the past. Some of the new targeted therapies may be very worthwhile, and if standard-of-care should not work well, there is a possibility of his getting into one of the new studies. I'm glad you are there for him. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Smith
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Can i drink vodka with renal atrophy and scarring? And is it more of a concern for me being that mom has stage 4 renal cell carcinoma?

Dr. Kenneth Smith
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Can i drink vodka with renal atrophy and scarring?  And is it more of a concern for me being that mom has stage 4 renal cell carcinoma?

Renal atrophy: Suggest prior kidney injury. Consumption of alchol in moderation is not contraindicated. Renal cell carcinoma not genetic ussually toxin related ie smoking. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Link
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What to expect in my husbands diagnoses, he has stage 4 renal cell carcinoma. 2.5 CM tumor on right lung, one in vera cava vein, left kidney out..

Dr. Richard Link
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What to expect in my husbands diagnoses, he has stage 4 renal cell carcinoma. 2.5 CM tumor on right lung, one in vera cava vein, left kidney out..

Serious situation: From your description, your husband has advanced kidney cancer including at least a solitary lung metastasis. Not sure if you mean he had renal vein involvement on the kidney specimen or whether there is tumor left behind after removal. Next step would be chemotherapy or (less likely) immunotherapy. Not likely a role for radiotherapy. If lung lesion is only remaining site, may be role to remove. ...Read more

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