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  1. My oncologist put me on Votrient, which is a targeted therapy drug, which treats only renal cell carcinoma. It almost completely cleared my lungs of all of my tumors (I was down to only one 6mm "nodule"). It worked in only seven weeks!! Yes, it was amazing because I had numerous masses in my lungs, prior to taking this drug, which were 2-3 cm each. However, the major side effect I couldn't get under control, with the help of my oncology nurse and my GP, was high blood pressure. I went off of Votrient for 45 days and let my body take a break when my blood pressure became completely out of control. Now they are having me take the other targeted therapy drug for RCC and it is Inlyta. Unfortunately, I am already experiencing high blood pressure. This is even after increasing my normal Bp medication. My question is has anyone experienced high blood pressure with these drugs or other targeted therapy drugs, and overcome the high blood pressure side effect? If so, I'd love to hear how you were able to manage your blood pressure while on them.
  2. My husband started immunotherapy treatment for metastatic cancer on October 15th, which spread from kidney cancer. It is renal cell carcinoma and he has several small tumors in each lung and one affecting a lymph node by his adrenal gland...which is near where his affected kidney was before it was removed. He didn't get to start treatment right away, because doctors wanted his kidney out first and he needed to heal before starting the immunotherapy. My husband had his first CT scan on December 13th, but it showed about 30% growth of all of the tumors. They told him it could be because the tumors grew that much or more between his diagnosis in late August until his treatment began, which was 6 1/2 weeks later. His oncologist said that many patients don't see their tumors shrink until four months after treatment starts. We would just like to know if anyone has been on immunotherapy (possibly both Yervoy & Opdivo) and had to wait four months to see their tumors start to shrink.
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