The Sutent (sunitinib) arrived in the mail on Tuesday -- all $5,500 worth. To cover the next month.
Co-pay: $50. Big sigh of relief.
Dr. Dave reported when we met with him on Friday that only a moderate amount of arm-twisting was required to get the insurance company to pay for it.
We also got the results from Mat's latest scan on Friday. The tumors in the liver are a bit larger -- about a centimeter. The lymph nodes next to the pancreas are also "involved," as are others in the abdominal cavity. (Don't you love medical euphemisms?)
Of course I wanted to hear the miracle speech: "Did someone give me the wrong scans?I've never seen anything like it! I just can't explain it, but the cancer is gone!"
It's going to be a good speech, so I can be patient.
In the meantime, the bottom line is that things are a little worse. Not a lot worse -- just enough worse to stop the watchful waiting and start the watchful pill-popping.
Mat started the Sutent on Saturday, and took a second pill today. So far, he says it makes him feel a little tired and down for a few hours, and then seems to wear off. He's tried taking the pills in the morning; now he's going to experiment with taking them at night in the hopes of sleeping through the side effects.
Who knows? Maybe they'll help him sleep better at night.
Now if they would just do something about his snoring ...