Living with Multiple Myeloma: Cancer levels have increased

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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, ambulance 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.

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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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2 Responses to Living with Multiple Myeloma: Cancer levels have increased

  1. Alaina says:

    This sucks, but I hope Round 8 sees things swing the other way for you. Everyone here at ELLICSR is rooting for you!

    • tyfn says:

      Thanks Alaina for your encouragement! I’m focused on staying positive and hopeful that my final cycle will see an improvement in my health and chemo levels.

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