The first part was a little over my head as it spoke of the concept of the genetic aspects of kidney cancer and the possibilities of whether it can be passed onto your families, is it hereditary or does it just happen which is referred to as the cancer cells being "somatic" and are NOT passed on. The likelihood of it being hereditary is very small.
The main thread that I took from the presentation was the statement that researchers now think that kidney cancer has something to do with the immune system NOT working properly.
Past treatments for kidney cancer patients have consisted of biological agents to enhance the immune system such as Interferon and/or Interleukin 2, clinical trials or even no treatment at all.
With our present new era of targeted therapies, now the medical approach is much different. These new therapies try to shut off the signals that tell cancer cells to grow.
There have been major advances in the treatment of RCC during the past 2 years alone and there are newer treatments being tested in clinical trials.....who knows when the next great inhibitor for RCC will appear. Getting it approved is a very big barrier in treating patients, so it is up to each and everyone of us to let our voices be heard throughout the government departments of health to bring awareness of these newer treatments and the fact that many terminal patients need them NOW, not months away!!!
KCC have created pre-paid postage cards addressed to the Honorable David Caplan - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for those of us who may be interested in forwarding to address our concerns with regards to Kidney Cancer and the approval of new treatments and the funding of these treatments for those patients who need them most. Please contact KCC to obtain these cards and pass them along to family and friends for their submission as well.....there is strength in numbers and together we can ALL make changes happen.