Living with Multiple Myeloma: (Slightly) higher cancer levels

(Slightly) Higher Cancer Levels
(Slightly) higher cancer levels

Today before I got my flu shot I headed to the lab at the UBC Hospital to get my monthly blood test. Last Friday I completed my Velcade chemo treatment for Multiple Myeloma after 9 months (8 cycles), so it was important to find out what my cancer levels now are. If you recall when I began my chemo treatment in February my igG was 62.2, my cancer levels post-treatment are 7.1. They increased slightly over the last 2 months (6.9 in September and 7.0 in October).

Latest cancer levels
Pre-treatment cancer levels

I will see my specialist in mid-December to discuss what will happen next. I’m focused on staying happy and making everyday fun and productive.

Just to give a recap, I’m living with a rare blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. From February to November 2013, I was on my 4th chemo treatment called Velcade, where I had weekly in-hospital injections, in addition to a variety of other pills taken to supplement my chemo treatment. You can read the background on my diagnosis and previous treatments on an earlier blogpost.

You can view photos from my most recent self-portrait project on flickr.

Taking a night walkTaking a summer walk

You can also view photos related to completed treatment here.

UBC Hospital
UBC Hospital

About tyfn

Feb 9, 2015 began Pomalyst chemo pills and dexamethasone (Pom/dex). Feb - Nov 2013 completed Velcade chemo + dex treatment for my Multiple Myeloma + anemia, a rare terminal blood cancer. Life goal: To help Multiple Myeloma patients cope with cancer. Focus of this blog will be cancer, photography, emerging tech, and improving health care. UBC MSc Grad.
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