I was diagnosed with Renal Cell in Dec 2002.
I was having severe pains in my upper back and my right arm had gone numb. When they did the MRI they found a large tumor at T1.
I had my left kidney removed and the tumor there was 1 1/2 cm tumor. Later I had
two surgeries to remove the tumor from my T1 area. One from the front and then the back. I have from C4 to T4 stabilized with rods and screws. They seemed to have gotten all the cancer from that area.In Jan 2004 they found a spot on the back of my skull about the size of a nickle. At this point they started me on Thalomid daily and Zometa once a month. Since there is no know treatment for Renal Cell is this treatment just trying to keep it in check. Will I have to stay on it forever.
Treatment for kidney cancer metastatic to bone is challenging. It sounds as though your doctors are making sure that the areas that caused the most trouble are being treated aggressively, which is good.
The best treatment for bone metastases is not known. The combination of Zometa and thalidomide is quite reasonable, and has certainly helped people in your situation. You will need to continue on this treatment to continue to enjoy its benefit. I would not advise stopping it if it appears to be working.