......... thats all it took. Just 3 doses of Sutent and my tumours started shrinking noticably again - and the pain in my armpit disappeared.
I feel incredibly encouraged by this - just 3 capsules and it appears my cancer is yet again under control. How fantastic is this drug? Which makes it all the more disgusting that the NHS are STILL refusing to fund it for some patients here in the UK.
So I may have to take it continuously - its a price Im more than prepared to pay. And the side effects fade into insignificance compared to the positive benefits Im gaining.
All I need now is for my PCT to pull their fingers out later this month and affirm my re-approval for funding. I just hope they dont take too long, Dr P cant re-apply for me until he has the results of my CT scan, due on the 19th June, and my present course of Sutent will finish on 17th. Im panicing slightly at the thought of being off the drug for too long.
My original approval was given in less than 4 weeks, one of the fastest ever known, so Im hoping the PCT will process it even quicker this time. Ideally I want to be taking Sutent again by the time I go on holiday.
Talking of our holiday there has been a slight change in plan. Well, a big change actually. We are now going on a cruise ! 24th June we fly to Palma, join the ship, and sail round the Med for a week stopping off at various ports along the way. Im SO excited - Ive never been on a cruise before, Ive always wanted to but it has never appealed to Martin. Carol and I have all these wonderful, silly, childish plans, like lounging on the poop deck pretending we are in an Agatha Christie novel !
The ship stops at Sardinia, Rome and Nice - all places I have never been, but always wanted to - amongst others. Im determined to see as much as I possibly can, even if it means falling asleep next to the Trevi Fountain due to exhaustion !
There are 3 restaurants on the ship, one of them open 24 hours - Martin said he is going to weigh us before we leave and again when we get home.......
I think I know what the results will be !