Countdown to chemo 5: Higher cancer levels

Nov Blood TestLast week I had my blood test and I was able to view the results the next day online through a free service called myehealth, medicine that is available in my province. A new person took my blood and they were understanding when I told them I needed to take a photo afterwards. What is also cool, information pills is that a technician passed by, noted that they hadn’t seen me for a while, and asked how I was doing.

These are strange days. I’m sitting here looking at my blood test results and really not understanding what everything means. Broadly I realize that I have higher cancer levels, but I’m also worried about whether there are larger issues I should be concerned about. Sometimes blood test results provide more questions than answers. I am remaining calm though. I have an excellent Hematologist and I know I will be contacted if any blood test reveals problems that need be addressed before my next scheduled appointment.

Serum Proteins (Electrophoresis & Immunoglobulins) (g/L)
Date Albumin Beta Globulin 2 Gamma Globulin igG igA igM
Reference Range 34.0-53.0 1.8 – 4.8 5.1 – 15.0 6.7 – 15.2 .70 – 4.00 .40 – 2.30
Nov 41.3 11.8 5.5 16.9 .37 .36
Oct 46.2 9.5 6.4 14.8 .39 .27
Sept 45.1 6.2 7.1 12.8 .36 .21
July 45.9 4.9 6.9 10.8 .34 .25
June 45.3 4.0 6.6 9.9 .33 .30
May 46.5 3.5 7.3 9.2 .33 .26
Apr 47.9 2.8 7.0 9.2 .28 .23
Mar 48.3 2.8 7.0 8.9 .31 .33
Feb 51.4 2.8 6.4 7.7 .24 .38
Jan 47.6 3.0 6.2 7.5 .17 .33
Nov 45.6 3.5 5.1 7.1 .14 .10

Test comment: There is a monoclonal band (approx. 9 g/L) in the beta 2 region. This band was previously identified as IgM lambda. Polyclonal immunoglobulins are not suppressed.

Hematology Profile
Date WBC Hemoglobin Platelet Count Neutrophils
Reference Range 4.0 – 11.0 135 – 170 150 – 400 2.0 – 8.0
Nov 2.7 130 265 1.3
Oct 4.1 139 305 2.1
Sept 3.7 135 241 1.8
July 2.9 133 247 1.4
June 3.4 135 265 1.8
May 3.2 138 294 1.5
Apr 2.3 137 243 0.9
Mar 2.0 135 211 0.8
Feb 2.0 132 208 0.9
Jan 1.9 124 217 0.7
Nov 2.2 118 220 1.1

In addition, the following Hematology Profile measures were slightly below normal:

Hematocrit .39 (.4 – .5)
MCV 81 (82 – 98)
Lymphocytes 1.1 (1.2 – 3.5)

Staying positive!

To recap: I have Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer. It is incurable, but treatable. From February to November 2013, I received Velcade chemo through weekly in-hospital injections as an outpatient. In October, I found out my cancer had returned, and sometime in 2015, I expect to be in treatment again.

I love photography and use it for my mental and physical health. I haven’t taken many photos since my macbookpro died during the summer though. You can view my pictures on Pinterest.

Winter Sunset on Wreck BeachJanuary 2013: UBC Wreck Beach

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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