Results from the scan are in: Dr. Dave is "cautiously optimistic" that the Torisel is helping! The largest tumors in the liver and lymph nodes did not grow over the last two months. This is good news by itself, since there was a lot of growth in the months before that.
But EVEN BETTER, the tumor cells appear to be necrotizing. In English: they're dying! (How often can you say that gleefully?)
This is where the cautious optimism comes in: if the cells are dying, the tumors should be smaller by the next time Mat has a scan, probably in early December.
Knowing the Torisel is working made it a little easier for Mat to suit up for another round yesterday. If only it were making it a little easier for Mat to get out of bed today ...
The days between a scan and the results are usually a stress fest at our house. This time around, we skipped that party and went to Maine, where friends from our congregation kindly let us use their vacation house.
It was blissful. We watched lobstermen pull in their traps, petted a shark, played in the water at the beach, and ate transcendent lobster rolls.
We are now officially New Englanders.