Today I had my Cancer Specialist appointment. I have completed 7 cycles of Velcade chemo treatment for my Multiple Myeloma and as I have responded well to treatment (lowered cancer levels each month), check I will begin my 8th and final treatment on Friday.
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We talked about how I was feeling and whether I had any side effects associated with Multiple Myeloma or chemo treatment such as vomiting, tingling in my toes/fingers, diarrhoea, fever, or any infection. Thankfully, I have felt generally ok. In addition, I haven’t had a recurrence of the severe back pain that left me bed ridden back in March/April. I also asked him about M-spike (Myeloma Protein) and learned that for me, the best measure of my cancer levels is my igG number, which I continue to monitor. Recall that my igG levels dropped from 7.3 in August to 6.9 in September.
In addition, we discussed my September eye issues as my Glaucoma Specialist put me on prescription drops to combat Glaucoma due to my elevated eye pressure. I have been using prescription eye drops each evening to lower the pressure in my right eye, and fortunately have not had any vision difficulties or side effects.
On Thursday I will have a major blood test and in December I will see my Cancer Specialist again.
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.