Velcade Chemo Treatment: Cycle 5 Done!

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Last week I finished Cycle 5 Week 5, it was my week off from Velcade in-hospital chemo treatment. I still took my weekly dexamethasone (steroid) (10 pills) and cyclophosphamide (chemotherapy) (13 pills). As last week was my 25th week in total, the pills are shaped into a 25. Daily I take a baby aspirin to minimise the likelihood of a stroke and Valtrex (Valacyclovir) to reduce the chance of an infection.

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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.

It feels really good to be done 5 Cycles of chemo as I only have one more left. Living with cancer isn’t easy, my life can never be the same as it was pre-cancer. Looking back at these last 5 weeks, there have been days when I haven’t felt well at all and spent it in bed, but otherwise I haven’t had any major problems such as pain, inflection, or headaches. I will be getting a bloodtest this week so that I will find out what my latest cancer levels are. Hopefully they will be lower than 8.2 igG, which is what my last test showed.

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You can view my self-portrait project on flickr.

You can also view photos related to my ongoing treatment here.

Here is a video that summarises some of my feelings regarding completing Cycle 5.

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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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