Mat's latest scan results show that his cancer has started to "grow through the Sutent," meaning the medication Mat has been taking is no longer shrinking the tumors in his liver and lymph nodes. Mat did get three months out of Sutent -- better than a bunt single -- but even Dr. Ryan wouldn't call that a home run. I'm thinking it was a double.
(Rest assured that $#?&@*%! does not mean anything that can't be said over the radio. If it did, I would have to pay my co-worker $1. In an effort to clean up my language, I've asked him to collect money every time I use certain ... vocabulary. He's saving it for a contribution to Heifer International at the end of the year. I'm hoping for the sake of my mouth to have only enough for a flock of ducks ($20), and not enough for a whole cow ($500). But to be honest, if things don't turn around soon, I may have enough for two whole cows ($1,000).)
The upside is that Mat gets a "chemo holiday" -- a break from taking any kind of medication -- for the next month.
Although there's no obvious next strategy to take, there is a tentative plan: wait for a clinical trial of an mTOR inhibitor (translation: drug that interferes with cell growth) called Rad001 that should start in mid-July. We should find out in a few days whether Mat is likely to qualify.
Let's hope he does qualify, and that it's not a hook shot from center court.