Week 67 chemo complete: Cancer levels dropped again

Week 67 chemo complete: Cancer levels dropped again!

I went in for my monthly big blood test for May to determine what my Hematology profile is (how my body responds overall to my chemo treatment) and learn what my Serum Proteins (Electrophoresis & Immunoglobulins) are, store which are my cancer levels. I’m happy to report that my cancer levels dropped again.

My myeloma protein (M protein) is the abnormal protein/cancer/bad stuff and it resides in my Beta 2 Globulin. It is the most important marker for following my progress. If my M protein is 0, seek then there is no cancer/myeloma detected in my blood stream, shop which is ideal.

M protein (g/L)
May = 1.7
Apr = 2.5
Dec-Mar = 3 g/L (same each month)

My general cancer marker (igG) and my specific cancer marker (Beta 2 Globulin) both decreased.

BOLD = outside normal levels

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
May 45.5 5.1 4.7 10.3 .79 .23
Apr 44.9 5.8 4.8 10.8 .76 .22
Mar 38 6.3 5.8 10.4 .84 .46
Feb 36 5.9 5.1 10.4 .84 .46
Jan 36 6.5 4.9 11.7 .81 .23
Dec 43.6 6.4 5.1 11.6 .78 .37
Nov 30 43.3 7.4 5.4 11.2 .84 .49
Nov 2 45 7.7 4.8 12.5 1.00 .68
Oct 48.5 9.0 4.0 13.3 .82 .43
Sept 44.1 9.2 3.2 12.9 .66 .31
Aug 47.7 10.7 3.0 14.8 .62 .32
July 45.8 11.4 3.6 15.7 .56 .37
June 41.2 15.2 3.9 16.5 .49 .40
May 42 17.2 2.5 18.7 .28 .33
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 (how my body responds overall to being on treatment) also remains great.

Hematology Profile
Date WBC Hemoglobin Platelet Count Neutrophils
Reference Range 4.0 – 11.0 135 – 170 150 – 400 2.0 – 8.0
May 5.6 128 303 4.5
Apr 6.0 131 296 4.9
Mar 6.8 133 339 5.9
Feb 7.5 130 336 6.4
Jan 25 8.3 129 335 5.7
Jan 11 4.9 126 335 5.7
Dec 15.6 129 356 11.2
Nov 30 8.8 133 416 7.0
Nov 2 5.7 136 447 4.7
Nov 8.1 137 387 5.9
Oct 10.5 139 329 8.8
Sept 5.3 130 363 4.4
Sept 13.7 122 304 5.2
Aug 6.1 130 378 4.9
Aug 12.0 133 329 8.3
July 12.8 131 302 9.47
July 4.8 123 386 3.8
June 10.6 124 281 8.0
June 6.5 122 439 4.7
May 12.4 118 271 8.9
May 10.0 118 320 5.2
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

To recap: On Sunday, May 22nd, I completed Cycle 17 Week 3. 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. Since February 9th 2015, I have been on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex).

Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.

End of the day on Granville IslandMay 2014: Granville Island

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 Week 67 chemo complete: Cancer levels dropped again

  1. Marilyn Michaels says:

    Hey Phillip,
    I’m elated for you. You can enjoy what you love doing the best,photography. Your images are always so awe stricken and peaceful. Just a thought, but have you every thought of doing a book of photographs that will benefit other myeloma survivors because above all you photos are inspiring and very personal! Enjoy your steroid free amd chemo and just take in all the beauty that life has to offer. God Bless, Marilyn

    • tyfn says:

      Hi Marilyn

      Thanks for your positive support and advice. In the future I would like to share my photos in some type of archival form. I continue to stay positive through each week of treatment. Have a great day.

      Phillip

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