Velcade Chemo Treatment: Cycle 5 Week 1: In Photos

13 pills cyclophosphamide, 10 pills dexamethasone

13 pills cyclophosphamide, 10 pills dexamethasone weekly

This week I began Cycle 5. Each week I take dexamethasone (steroid) (10 pills) and cyclophosphamide (chemotherapy) (increased to 13 pills).

Daily I take a baby aspirin to minimise the likelihood of a stroke and Valtrex (Valacyclovir) to reduce the chance of an infection. I do take alot of pills but it is necessary so that I can get my cancer levels lowered for a while.

Velcade Chemo Treatment: Cycle 5, Week 1Week 21 of treatment

This is the 1st week of Cycle 5 and the 21st week of my chemo treatment. Each cycle is five weeks long.

Velcade Chemo IV Treatment for Multiple MyelomaVelcade Chemo injections

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.

My chemo injections went well and I’m happy another week is complete. Not going to lie though, cancer is really challenging in all aspects of life. The stress it adds to your life, especially during chemo isn’t easy. I wonder if anyone else in Vancouver is similar to me (single, student, living alone with Cancer), I feel like my dignity is slowly drifting away.

This self-portrait was taken in the Orchard Garden at UBC during sunset.

Sunset in the garden
Sunset in the Garden

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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