Last night TB was on the phone talking to a friend and mentioned to him that he noticed mental acuity issues with himself over the last couple of months. So unfortunately, I was right in having noticed what I thought were issues as well (an example today was saying instrument instead of ornament). TB said he can handle the kidney cancer and the fact it’s moved into his bones but it really pisses him off that he thinks it’s affecting his brain because he hates not remembering stuff, he’s proud of the fact that he knows as much as he does and he does NOT like to rely on people. I know we don’t have proof but I will be more surprised if we find out the cancer has NOT spread to his brain than if it has. He’ll start a separate treatment for the bone cancer on Monday, a medication called Zometa. I’ll update about what the MRI shows for the brain as soon as I know.
I know people will say and people have said don’t search the internet for info, it’s too overwhelming and each person is a different case, you won’t know what to believe, etc. I agree in part but I still have to look. That said, I did.
From the website:
In advanced kidney cancer, metastasis occurs when the cancer has spread from the primary tumor (in his case it was the kidney) to other parts of the body. In most cases, when kidney cancer metastasizes, it spreads to any of the following:
- the bones (where his has now spread)
- the brain (where it MIGHT have spread)
- the liver
- the lungs (where his has now spread – to the outside of the right lung)
- other parts of the kidney.
The prognosis is not good for people who have metastatic kidney cancer. The five-year survival rate is less than 5 percent if the cancer has spread to other organs and is only 5 percent to 15 percent if the cancer has metastasized to the lymph nodes.
I’ll ask on Tuesday when we’re at the dr’s office for his treatment about the prognosis and update it when I know.
Sorry, can’t think. Done for today.