[Member Story] Resilience Through a Metastatic Renal Cancer Journey Summus March 28, 2024

[Member Story] Resilience Through a Metastatic Renal Cancer Journey

Member story: Renal cancer journey

The spread of cancer is cause for concern, adding a layer of complexity to an already challenging journey. In this blog, we share how talking with a leading specialist for guidance and education helped instill confidence and empower Nina on her cancer journey.

Health Concern

Nina was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cancer, which had metastasized to her liver. Wanting to understand her treatment options before talking with her treating oncologist and surgeon about liver surgery, she reached out to Summus.

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Member Impact

Summus connected Nina with Dr. Vincent Xu, an oncologist at Dana-Farber Institute specializing in renal cancer. After reviewing results of Nina’s most recent scans and tests, he explained the risks and benefits of surgery, sharing that surgery may not be the best option due to the size and spread of her tumor. He suggested Nina pursue a combination of immunotherapy or systemic treatment with medication. He also discussed clinical trial options for Nina to consider. After the consultation Nina felt confident about her options and what to discuss with her treating oncologist. 

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