Question about Avastin
Wishing you all a very happy healthy new year!
I have come here in the past for info because my best friend was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. A brief recap: She had surgery in September during which they removed a large portion of her colon, an ovary, a kidney, appendix, etc. etc. Since early October she has been on chemo (after a recovery period from the major surgery) She is a medical professional, but has so far not been too interested in knowing the details of her own situation. Too much to handle mentally I guess. She is slowly coming around, but not quite read yet.
Anyway, here is my question. Since avastin is nephrotoxic, she has only been receiving 5fu and leucovorin. Her oncologist is antsy to start the avastin, but is making her meet with a nephrologist before allowing her to start. I am so afraid they aren't going to let her use the avastin, and it seems like that is key in knocking down this cancer.
So, have any of you had a kidney removed and used avastin successfully? Any success stories with just one kidney?
Also, the surgeon who completed her surgery stands by that he believes the cancer originated in her appendix, the pathologist apparently disagrees and believes it originated in the colon. Any thoughts on this? Does anyone know how the treatment would be different if the cancer DID originate in her appendix?
Sorry for the ramble. I read here all the time, and think you are an awesome group of people! Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Again, Happy New Year. Wishing only the best for each and every one of you!