Cycle 1 Velcade Chemo Treatment: In Photos

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These past four weeks I have been on a chemo treatment of dexamethasone, try cyclophosphamide (chemo), stomach and Velcade (IV chemo) each Friday. I have never felt so bad in my life as these past four weeks and I really don’t know how I made it through it. For some unknown reason I have been suffering with intense back and side pain that began right after my first treatment on Feb 22nd and has continued until March 20th. I have spent most of my days in bed save for the Fridays when I’ve had to go to the hospital for chemo treatment and most normal activities in my life have halted (e.g. exercise, thumb eating, photography, walking). I have been prescribed a variety of pain killers from codeine to codeine + tylenol to hydromorphone to reduce the pain. I have only found hydromorphone to be effective and today I would rate my pain as 1/10.

Today’s treatment doesn’t include Velcade for this 5th week so if the Velcade caused the pain then I should have a pain-free week, however if the pain is due to my multiple myeloma, then it may still remain.

I’m thankful for my friends that have brought me groceries, taken me to the hospital, made me home-cooked meals, or visited me. I’m staying positive and hope that the remaining 5 cycles will be a better experience.
As I have completed Cycle 1 and moved on the Cycle 2 of my Velcade chemo treatment, cost
I thought I would share some photos of this journey. If you are interested, you can view my video analysis of my first five weeks.

Velcade Chemo treatment: Cycle 1, Week 1
This photo shows the beginning of the Velcade treatment process. Each Friday I take 10 pills of dexamethasone (steroid) and 10 pills of Cyclophosphamide (chemo). I am arranging the pills into the number of week it is of my treatment. In total I have 30 weeks of treatment.

Valaciclovir (Valdrex)This photo shows my Valtrex (Valaciclovir) pills. These are anti-viral drugs to help fight off infections or shingles. I take these pills daily with a meal.

Velcade Chemo treatment: Cycle 1, Week 2

Velcade Chemo treatment: Cycle 1, Week 3

Velcade Chemo IV Treatment for Multiple MyelomaI receive Velcade Chemo weekly in needle form at the hospital. They are ordered from the BC Cancer Agency and I get two needles (140ml and 150ml) in the skin of my stomach.

After received my chemo in IV form, the needles are disposed here to be incinerated.

After received my chemo in IV form, the needles are disposed here to be incinerated as they are toxic.

Siemens digital x-ray machine
As I had severe back pain that began a day after my first Velcade treatment on Feb 22nd, in conjunction to pain killers being prescribed I had a x-ray taken of my side and back.

Velcade Chemo treatment: Hydromorphone
Most recently I have been prescribed Hydromorphone to help deal with the pain in my back and side. It has been extremely effective.

CBC Counts
I get a blood test at the beginning of each cycle. About 30 min later I will get some of the results that are most pertinent to my treatment. If there is a problem, they can discuss it with me at that time.

The complete flickr set will be continually updated throughout my Velcade treatment.

About tyfn

From December 2019 I've been on Darzalex (daratumumab) IV chemo with Velcade (Bortezomib) injection chemo + dexamethasone. Have Multiple Myeloma + anemia, a rare incurable cancer of the immune system. Life goal: To spread awareness about Multiple Myeloma through my self-portraits. UBC MSc Grad.
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