My May blood test results remained mostly the same as April. My M protein (specific measure of cancer levels) remained the same at 20. It is difficult to get an accurate M protein value with my particular type of multiple myeloma, so we are also looking at another more general measure, called an igG, to get a more complete picture of my progress. The igG showed a slight increase (22.7 -> 25.8). However, as my cancer levels have not spiked again, there will be no change in treatment.
I’m focusing positive energy on good results for June. Feeling content.
M protein (g/L) (0 = cancer undetectable)
May = 20
Apr = 20
Mar = 13
Feb = value missing (believe similar to Jan)
Jan = 13 (began Ninlaro chemo 2 weeks prior)
Dec = between 10 and 11
Nov = 8
Late Oct = 9
Early Oct = between 5 and 6
Sept = under 7.7
Aug = value missing
July = 3.0 (ended dexamethasone – steroid)
Feb 2015 (began Pomalyst chemo + dexamethasone) = 36.1
The goal of multiple myeloma treatment is to improve survival, by reducing the cancer cells (myeloma) in the immune system as much as possible for as long as possible. The more myeloma (m protein > 0), the greater likelihood of cancer symptoms affecting my everyday life.
igG protein (6.7 – 15.2 normal levels)
May = 25.8
Apr = 22.7
Mar = 22.0
Feb = 23.1
Jan = 20.6
Photo: Thursday evening I went back to the forest near my house. I just love the forest energy around me when I walking down a path, it is so still and quiet. Looking forward to exploring again soon.
To recap: On Sunday, May 20th, I completed Cycle 43 Week 3. I have multiple myeloma and anemia, a rare cancer of the immune system. Multiple myeloma affects the plasma cells, a type of immune cell that produces antibodies to fight infection. These plasma cells are found in the bone marrow. As a blood cancer, it is incurable, but treatable. Since February 9th 2015, I have been on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex). On July 16th, my dexamethasone treatment ended, due to eye damage, reported by my Glaucoma Specialist, from long-term use. On January 9th I began Ninlaro chemo to combat steadily rising cancer levels.
Weekly chemo-inspired self-portraits can be viewed in my flickr album.