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  • David Foster (shown here with his friend Gracie) is National Strategic Advisor for Morris Communications, and has been a leader within the independent magazine community for years. In April 2005, Dave was diagnosed with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 4, the sixth deadliest cancer, behind lung, liver, and breast. In emails to his ‘wellness group’ of friends and colleagues, Dave began chronicling his battle with the disease. In this blog, Dave Foster continues to “kick cancer’s arse”, sharing his story with a wider audience.

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December 02, 2006

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I would like to know :
1. where you purchase Nexaver from ?
2. How much for the price of on bottle of Nexaver ?
Please return all information to me refer to my email.
Regards,
SRP

Dave,

I just found your blog and wanted to share a little of my experience with Nexavar. I was diagnosed with Advance Renal Cancer in December of "05" and had my right kidney removed Dec. 20th, the same day Nexavar received its approval. I had additional tumors in both lungs with the largest being over 30mm. I was put on Nexavar 6 weeks after my surgery and have suffered with a few of the side affects. I lost all my body hair, suffered with bouts of diarrhea and the very painful hand/foot syndrome. The first time my feet went bad and I was taken off the drug for a couple of days. I have since learned how to control this problem. The trick for me was to watch my foot time, if I spend 4 or 5 hours straight on my feet they will be sore the next day, but the big breakthrough came when I discovered that keeping my feet cool made all the difference. I now wear “Teva” mush sandals, with a spongy sole. When I have to be in a shoe I wear a pair of North Face light weight hikers with an extra sole pad, they breathe well and the foot problem is under control.

I believe that a positive attitude and low stress life style goes a long way in the success of the treatment. I have been on Nexavar over a year now, 4 tabs a day, and with each follow up my tumors have been smaller. On my last visit to MD Anderson after all of the scans and tests they pull every 3 months my Oncologist came in to the exam room with a big smile and the radiological report stating that my tumors had resolved themselves. I ‘m apparently 1 of 3 that they know about, what it means I don’t know. I am still on the drug and looking forward to my next exam to see what they are going to do with my drug treatment. I don’t expect to be taken off the Nexaver, but I am hoping the dose can be reduced, eliminating the side effects?

I will keep you in my thoughts,

Mike

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