Velcade Chemo Treatment Cycle 8 Week 1: In Photos

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This morning I woke up and headed to the laboratory at the UBC hospital to get my monthly blood test. This blood test would tell me my latest cancer levels as I am on Velcade chemo treatment for my Multiple Myeloma. This evening I found out my results and my cancer levels (igG) have unfortunately increased to 7.0 from 6.9 in September. I start my final (8th) chemo cycle (5 weeks) tomorrow, so I’m hopeful that my results will lower when I’m tested again next month. I’m focused on more positive thinking and less stress in my life.

Monthly Blood Tests
today – 7.0 igG
September – 6.9 igG
August – 7.3 igG
July – 8.2 igG

My blood test was uneventful, which is always good. The technician remembered that my left arm was the best one for drawing blood. After a minute or two I was done and on my way.

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My Counts (how my body is responding to chemo treatment):
White Blood Cells 2.4
Blood Platelet Counts 204
Neutrophils 1.3
Hemoglobin 118

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.

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

Summer sunsetSummer Sunset

You can also view photos related to my ongoing treatment here.
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Yesterday I headed to the Cancer Clinic to get my chemo shot. I was a little late so I called ahead to let them know. When I arrived, I checked my blood pressure, pulse, and temperature, and wrote them down on my self-report chart while waiting for the nurse. She arrived about 3 minutes later with my Velcade chemo injections. I updated her on my blood test results from the day before before she gave me my injections as it is important that my counts (how body responds to treatment) remain stable. A significant drop (e.g. 40 Blood Platelets or .1 Neutrophils) would mean something was wrong.

Complete Blood Count (CBC) Results from Thursday
White Blood Count 2.4 (normal 4-11)
Neutrophils 1.3 (normal 2-8)
Hemoglobin 118 (normal 135-170)
Blood Platelets 204 (normal 150-400)

My chemo treatment was uneventful and quick. While I was there I spoke with someone getting treatment for their Leukaemia, another blood cancer like my Multiple Myeloma.

Velcade Chemo TreatmentVelcade chemo treatment

As my prescription for my cancer drugs for this 5 week cycle were attached to my chart, I stopped by the BC Cancer Agency Pharmacy to pick up my dexamethasone (steroid) and cyclophosphamide (chemo). The form had been faxed over already so they were waiting for me when I arrived.

BC Cancer AgencyBC Cancer Agency

This morning with my breakfast I took my dexamethasone (10 at 4mg each) and cyclophosphamide (575 mg, 12 total) pills. I also had my daily aspirin with some 2% milk. I will take my Valtrex (500mg) tablet this evening.

My chemo drugsMy weekly cancer drugs

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.

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

Me and my shadow
Me and my shadow

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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