Day 11 - and still no sign of any serious side effects. Bit of a sore mouth, bit queasy at times, funny 'metallic' taste in my mouth, but nothing really bad. Had my BP checked again on Friday and its actually come down.
And.......I dont know whether I dare write this - it feels like tempting providence - BUT... the lump next to my nose has almost disappeared! Its tiny now, you can hardly feel it and the little thread veins that were 'feeding' it have faded altogether. Remember I spoke about kidney cancer tumours having a rich blood supply and that being one way they are diagnosed?
The lump on my scalp feels slightly smaller and 'squashier' and the one under my armpit definitely isnt any bigger. And that one was growing alarmingly !
Soooooooo......cautiously optimistic (VERY cautiously !)
Sutent (or to use its proper name Sunitinib) works by preventing the activity of proteins that are involved in the growth and spread of certain types of cancer cells. It works on approx. 40% of patients who take it (although I have read reports that say as high as 65%) and when it does work, it works really well, either by stabilising the disease or even shrinking tumours.
But it isnt a cure. The side effects can be extemely debilitating, especially over time with successive cycles, and some serious enough to warrant lowering the dose or even discontinuing the drug.
But Im running ahead of myself as usual - Im only on day 11 and have a long way to go !
10 days till our holiday and I really cant wait. The days of 'IL2 Rhino skin' which meant generous applications of very thick moisturiser several times a day have resulted in lovely soft skin all over - and FINALLY my hair has stopped falling out in handfuls - so I can now look at myself in the mirror without scaring myself !
Family life goes on ofcourse, intertwined in all this. With the lighter evenings Martin and Edward reimmerse themselves in their passion for golf. Catherine, being 17 now, has a busy social life and James is either working, out with his friends or seeing Grace.
At times I feel almost redundant - except meal times !
Actually this is all pretty comforting. Whatever happens now I can look at my family with a fierce pride in the knowledge I had a small hand in that.