When all hope seemed lost, Dr. Ramin gave us a silver lining and a new will to live for my 47 y.o. husband diagnosed with terminal cancer 10 months ago. Undiagnosed kidney cancer, unknown how long it has been metastatic and invaded on multiple organs to the spine, liver, lungs, all regional lymph nodes and abdominal areas to my seemed healthy, young 47 y. o. with very young kids to raise. We seek Dr. Ramin’s professional advice when UCLA liver/kidney team denied surgical intervention, deeming he might not survive the long surgery and whatever complications. Dr.Ramin saw the Ct scan once and with his expertise responded simply , “ this is doable”. We will do the surgery in Cedars Sinai Medical Center, will consult with Dr. Nessir/Dr.Kosari liver team.” We just couldn’t believe it, my husband who’s been 85% bedridden for the past 1/1/2 month (March-April)due to severe pain from his back (right kidney tumor large enough to invade the liver, lungs. Dr. Ramin said it just like that, it’s doable !
Within 3 weeks, the surgery was scheduled with a 1-week setback due to lowering blood level needing blood transfusion first. The most memorable day of May 24, 2022, a long surgery, all our families and friends rallied for prayers, for my husband, the surgeons, nurses and assistants to pull it through. It was the longest day, the most tedious long awaited surgery with bleeding complication, unable to stop bleeding for 1.5 hours per the liver team and after 10 hrs the surgery was succesful God works really in mysterious ways.
Now 2 months’ post-surgery, my husband is now driving and yes, he’s able to walk at least around our house and yard. Our Oncologists previous Dr. Kroloff (UCLA) and presently Dr. Figlin (Cedars Sinai) did say it was nothing short of heroic attempt for Dr. Ramin and Drs. Nessir/Kosari @ Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
My husband and I can’t recommend this team enough. No words can describe how grateful we are for their dedication and expertise.
We hope someday there will be routine kidney screening for all, not just the usual colonoscopy, pap smear, mammograms as we learned this kind of cancer is hard to detect and true enough can be undiagnosed for years.
It will be a long journey for the next few months’ treatment wise, immunotherapy, targeted cell therapy, tests and scans yet we know my husband is in good hands with God guiding us each day.