Velcade Chemo Treatment Cycle 4 Week 4: In Photos

Another week of Velcade chemo treatment is complete. To recap, I am living with Multiple Myeloma (blood cancer). Since February 2013, I have been on my 4th chemo treatment called Velcade, which are weekly in-hospital injections, in addition to a variety of other pills I take to supplement my chemo treatment. You can read the background on my diagnosis and previous treatments on my blog.

Weekly I take dexamethasone (steroid) and cyclophosphamide (chemotherapy) (10 pills with breakfast). As part of the documentation of my treatment, I take a self-portrait that displays the particular week of treatment it is. Not only is it my 4th week of Cycle 4, it is my 19th week in total. Each cycle is five weeks long and I have 6 cycles of treatment in total.

Velcade chemo treatment: Cycle 4 Week 419th week of Chemo treatment

As has been the case previously, my weekly chemo injections went well and I didn’t have any side effects.

Velcade Chemo treatment: Cycle 2, Week 2Velcade chemo treatment

Complete Blood Count (CBC) Results
White Blood Count 2.6 (normal 4-11)
Neutrophils 1.4 (normal 2-8)
Hemoglobin 125 (normal 135-170)
Blood Platelets 207 (normal 150-400)

This self-portrait was taken in a campus forest. I love just to watch the beams of light disappear through the trees at sunset.

Chasing beams of lightChasing beams of light

You can view my self-portrait project on flickr.

You can view photos of my treatment experience here.

About tyfn

Feb - Nov 2013 completed Velcade chemo treatment for my Multiple Myeloma, a rare terminal blood cancer. Expect chemo in 2015. Life goal: To help Multiple Myeloma patients cope with cancer. Focus of this blog will be cancer, photography, emerging tech, and improving health care. They are all interrelated for me. UBC MSc Grad.
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