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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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November 18, 2007


Dear Dr. Foster,
I have been meaning to write you for some time. There ya go again. Practicing without a license. But seriously you left out the next question they ask after, "how many more...", "how long are you..." and that is, "...does insurance cover it?" I'm sure it is different for everyone. Mine just says, OK for this cycle, but we will evaluate authorization and coverage every cycle and so on and so on.

Remember what John Lennon said in Strawberry Fields, " is easy with eyes closed."

i wrote once before. My name is Sigal and i am from israel.
My father has rcc with mets to bone and lungs.
He took 6 cycles of sutent 50mg.
Last scan shows stable in kidney and growth in lungs.
The onc asked him to stop the sutent and didnt give any other option.
She said that nexavar wont help.
what other option do you know?

(Sigal's question was answered by e-mail as it would take too much space on the comment section)--DCF

Dear Dave, Ditto!! People are forever asking me, "how many more treatments do you have left", it is disheartening to say, "I don't know, I might be taking the stuff forever". You are right, everyone around you grows weary of the SE's. I cooked Thanksgiving early this year. I was on day 4 and I could still taste a little. I feel so ungrateful when I grumble about the SE's, because my intellect says I should just be grateful that I am here. My emotions want my old life back. So thank you for articulating my random thoughts so accurately, it helps to know I'm not the only one who has these notions.
Happy Thanksgiving, Robbie

Bang on, David. If you find that "magic Sutent pill" please call Joe asap. Two week vacation - I think we missed it. Yes I did hear the heaves coming from the washroom. Oh well, he goes back on Sutent tomorrow for cycle 9. Woo-hoo can't wait to see the mysteries of the SE's this cycle. Remember what they say "what doesn't kill you - cures you" here is hoping.

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