Velcade chemo treatment cycle 6 week 3: In Photos

I’m a UBC PhD student and my research explores the rhetoric of gameplay. I’ve been living with Multiple Myeloma, hospital a form of blood cancer since 2006. I am on my 4th chemo treatment called Velcade, in which I receive weekly injections. I enjoy playing games and capturing my everyday environment through photos. I’m using self-portraits to help with the healing process and help keep me happy and occupied. Chemo can be a lonely and challenging process.

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    Week 3 by tyfn, on Flickr” href=””>Velcade Chemo Treatment: Cycle 6, Week 3Week 28 of chemo

    This morning with my breakfast I took my dexamethasone and cyclophosphamide cancer pills that are prescribed weekly in conjunction with my hospital chemo treatment. The dexamethasone is a steroid and I take 10 (4mg) tablets. I take 11 50mg cyclophosphamide tablets and one at 25mg.

    My chemo drugsCancer drugs I take at home

    Later I travelled to my chemo appointment for the third week of this cycle. We each have a Patient Profile Flow Sheet that we use to self-report ourselves. At the top is the question: Since your last appointment have you had any of the following? Please put a check if yes. For example:

    • Fever at home
    • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
    • Painful muscles or joints
    • Numbness or tingling
    • New bruising

    In addition, we do our own blood pressure, oxygen saturation, pulse, and temperature, while waiting for the nurse to bring our chemo. A nurse will then look at what has been written and will place their initials on the form.

    My numbers:
    Temperature: 36.5
    Blood Pressure: 134/67
    Oxygen Saturation: 95
    Pulse: 72

    Velcade Chemo Treatment: Checking temperatureTaking my temperature

    The chemo went well. It was quick and painless. I had two injections in my left side of my stomach- one was 1.4mg of Velcade chemo and the other was 1.5mg, as this is the third week.

    Velcade Chemo Injections Treatment for Multiple MyelomaChemo injections

    Just to give a 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.

    BC Cancer AgencyBC Cancer Agency

    You can view my self-portrait project on flickr.

    RainA rain moment

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

    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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