Kidney cancer without chemo treatment-How do we determine what stage he is in now?
A friend of mine has kidney cancer - one kidney has been removed. He refusses to take Chemotherapy. I can see the difference in his appearance on a daily basis. His life span without the treatment, according to docter is 2-4 months. How do we determine what stage he is in now? Losing weight, loss of appetite, his skin colour is also starting to change - light yellow/blue/greyish.
Unfortunately, the stage of a cancer is determined by where the cancer is and where it has spread, not how the patient looks. Sometimes people with a stage 4 cancer can still be working while someone with an early stage cancer in a vital organ can look much worse. Your friend sounds like his cancer is very advanced and life-threatening, whatever stage it is.
It might not be helpful at this point as your friend is so sick but usually a CT scan or some other imaging study is used to find out the stage of a cancer.
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