It’s such a very small container — with a big price tag.
The cost? $10,000.
Its value: priceless for cancer victim Rob Schywalsky.
When he returns from a drug trial treatment in the U.S, with a small container of the drug, Ibrutinib, he’s carrying his best chance at life with him.
“I’m literally carrying $10,000 in my pocket when I am flying back and forth to Columbus, Ohio,” he told me in an interview in his modest East York home last week.
Diagnosed 10 years ago with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in a routine medical examination for mortgage insurance, Schywalsky has run the gamut of chemotherapies in this province. A genetic abnormality in his cancer means it doesn’t respond to chemotherapy.
His best chance at life is a Ibrutinib drug trial in the U.S.. He travels there six weeks in a row and stays two nights.
The 92 pills he brings home are his hope and his lifeline.
The only costs that are covered are for drugs and tests.