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  • David Foster (shown here with his friend Gracie) is National Strategic Advisor for Morris Communications, and has been a leader within the independent magazine community for years. In April 2005, Dave was diagnosed with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 4, the sixth deadliest cancer, behind lung, liver, and breast. In emails to his ‘wellness group’ of friends and colleagues, Dave began chronicling his battle with the disease. In this blog, Dave Foster continues to “kick cancer’s arse”, sharing his story with a wider audience.

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May 19, 2007


Dear David
I have two large renal masses( tennis ball and egg) in my pancreas and a couple of lympth nodes in the same area that are involved. My original kidney cancer was in 96 when my left one was removed and it took all this time for it to reappear in my pancreas. They are talking about the whipple procedure to remove pancreas, spleen, galbladder and part of my intestines. Or perhaps try some of the oral medicines I imagine you have used.

Question: It looks like initally you were successfully treated with chemo that reduced some of the sites. What chemo did they use as I've been told Renal cancer is resistant to chemo and doesn't respond to any. Then if the chemo was working why did they take you from that to the two oral drug you mention as it sounds like thats when your decline again took over.

Any info would be appreciated

Stan Timperley
PS the missing "e" between the "l" and the "y" is correct in my e-mail.

Thanks David, it was good to read someone else's take on this. I had breast cancer last year and have completed treatment but now feel like I'm a pain in my doctors' a... when I go to get lumps or pain checked out. I used to be the type of person who, when any ache or anything occured, would say "I'm fine, that'll go away" and could count on one hand how many times I'd been to the doctor in my lifetime. Now when something niggles at me, I believe I have to be responsible and get it checked but I feel like I'm becoming a hypochondriac!

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