Kidney cancer patient
Brent Hall lives his life at full speed. As a professional hydroplane driver, Brent races boats at over 150 mph, achieving a dream he had as a boy growing up on Mercer Island. He was a rookie driver later in life at 36, and has earned national rankings in several different classes of hydroplanes. Brent is focused on going fast on the water — but not too long ago, he had to slow things down in order to focus on cancer treatment.
In the middle of coaching his son’s undefeated basketball season, as well as running upwards seven miles during a workout, one evening Brent witnessed a large amount of blood in his urine, and immediately scheduled an appointment with his primary care doctor.
In February 2018, the doctor discovered a tumor that was four inches wide and Brent was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer at age 48. Brent says, “When I look back at when I was diagnosed to when I was treated and how everything turned out, I am extremely grateful beyond belief. Sometimes it feels like it never happened thanks to the great care and concern from the staff at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance!”
Turning to SCCA
Both a family member and one of Brent’s doctors recommended that Brent see John L. Gore, MD, MS, a urologist and surgical oncologist at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). Brent did, and through the advice of Dr. Gore and the SCCA Kidney Cancer Multispecialty Clinic, he had surgery to remove the tumor. SCCA’s multispecialty clinics involve a team of experts who meet to discuss a patient’s case and determine the best treatment plan.
“SCCA has been amazing and responsive every step of the way,” Brent says, adding that he’s felt supported by everyone from the medical assistants who check his vitals to his care team members.
Brent underwent surgery one month after receiving his diagnosis. He was discharged the next day, leaving with virtually no scars and a determination to get back to 100 percent. “It didn’t matter how bad I felt, I just made sure to keep moving,” he says. His surgery was followed by a combination immunotherapy regimen, which he received over the course of four treatments.
Back to racing
On July 17, 2018, Brent had a CT scan to check his response to treatment and the results indicated significant reduction in his remaining cancer. The treatment is working. He’ll continue single agent immunotherapy with the hope of a complete response.
Today, Brent is back to racing, coaching his son’s basketball team and continuing the active lifestyle he enjoyed before cancer. He’s also back on the water, competing in hydroplane races across the country. But Brent feels he has already won the greatest prize.
“I’ve had a chance to realize my childhood dream, and now, every day that I get to watch my son grow is a blessing,” Brent says.