Week 11 blood test results: Cancer levels have dropped

dosage on Flickr”>Week 10 chemo complete: Thinking about timeTime is on my mind

Time is always on my mind. When I’m lying in bed exhausted from chemo fatigue, patient I’m thinking about friends I’d rather be spending time with. Each chemo, approved I’m wondering about the long-term effects of treatment for an indefinite period on my body and mind. When I read about a fellow patient passing away from multiple myeloma, I reflect on my own time with this incurable disease.

Living with cancer has daily challenges, but I’m staying positive. Each time I watch the sun setting on the horizon, I’m thankful to make it through another day and remain optimistic that my future holds many more sunsets.

To recap: I have Multiple Myeloma and anemia, 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. From February 9th 2015, I am on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex). Yesterday I completed Cycle 3 Week 2. I’m thankful I do not have any major side effects from my treatment to date.

Photos related to my Pomalyst chemo treatment can be viewed in my flickr album.

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on Flickr”>Week 11 blood test: Cancer levels have droppedCancer levels have dropped again

Good news! On Monday I had my monthly full blood test and the test results show that my cancer levels have decreased (again). In BC, price
I can use an online service called myehealth, mind to get free access to my lab results as soon as available. In this case, about 28 hours later.

The igG is my cancer marker. My multiple myeloma resides in the Beta 2 Globulin region. As noted below, there are also less myeloma cells there now.

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
Apr 44.4 19.2 1.5 21.4 .29 .41
Mar 39.1 27.1 2.6 27.5 .26 .50
Feb 38.9 33.9 3.0 36.1 .33 .53
Jan 39.3 30.6 3.7 33.4 .29 .22

My Hematology Profile is the Complete Blood Counts test I have every 2 weeks that measures my overall health.

Hematology Profile
Date WBC Hemoglobin Platelet Count Neutrophils
Reference Range 4.0 – 11.0 135 – 170 150 – 400 2.0 – 8.0
Apr 12.5 123 297 9.8
Apr 7.6 113 357 3.9
Mar 7.0 133 247 5.6
Mar 6.8 127 467 5.2
Feb 5.5 133 191 4.6
Jan 4.4 129 206 2.3

So, my chemo treatment is working well with minimal side effects. I’m continuing to focus on healthy living, positive thinking, and creative self-portraits to help me cope and remain happy. Thanks to everyone for their positive energy and kind words of encouragement. I never feel alone.

To recap: I have Multiple Myeloma and anemia, 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. From February 9th 2015, I am on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex). On April 6th I began Cycle 3.

Photos related to my Pomalyst chemo treatment can be viewed in my flickr album.

Something interesting happened for this third cycle of chemo. When my chemo was delivered I noticed the box had braille on the cover.

Pomalyst chemo with braille Chemo box with braille

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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