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Voice of Kidney Cancer – Larry and Dorothy’s Story

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Larry and Dorothy’s Story

Dorothy Faye Workman Dressler’s husband Larry is diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC).  KCCure thanks Dorothy for sharing their journey from initial diagnosis through current treatment.  

Our journey with RCC started on December 23, 2017.

My husband, Larry, had been having bad back aches for well over two years. He woke up December 23, 2017 with a very noticeable lump/bulge in his side of the abdomen. We went to the emergency room. They came back an hour and a half later with the cancer diagnosis.  Larry was admitted immediately.

Larry was diagnosed with stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma. It had metastasized to his spine and neck. Six tumors in total.  Larry started treatment with Votrient (pazopanib).

Six months later they did another CT scan and found 12 more tumors on his hips and pelvic bones. To date he has 19 tumors total. Larry continued to take Votrient during this time.

The next round of CT scans showed shrinkage of the kidney tumor!   Switching to Opdivo was considered but as the CT scans showed the Votrient is working on the kidney tumor, Larry’s oncologist is keeping him on Votrient.

Larry and I have been married eight years and he’s the love of my life. I still have a hard time believing this is our life now.

– Dorothy Faye Workman Dressler

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