Living with Cancer: Blood test shows slightly higher cancer levels

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Earlier this month I had my monthly blood test to find out how my cancer level may have changed since I ended chemo treatment mid-November for Multiple Myeloma. It was a typical trip. I went to the lab, gave them my standing order form that outlined the tests I needed. I waited a bit and then they took my blood. It was painless and quickly over.

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Afterwards I went home and the next day I was able to see my complete blood test results.

Blood test results

WBC 1.9 giga/L
RBC 4.34 giga/L
Hemoglobin 124 g/L
Hematocrit .36
MCV 83 fL
RDW 13.0 %
Platelets 217
MPV 11

Neutrophils .7 giga/L
Lymphocytes .7 giga/L
Monocytes .3 giga/L
Eosinophils .1 giga/L
Basophils .0 giga/L

IgG 7.50 g/L
IgA .17 g/L
IgM .33 g/L

Total Protein 70 g/L
Albumin 47.6 g/L
Alpha 1 Globulin 1.8 g/L
Alpha 2 Globulin 6.7 g/L
Beta 1 Globulin 4.8 g/L
Beta 2 Globulin 3.0 g/L
Gamma Globulin 6.2 g/L

Blood test to find out cancer levelsX marks the spot

I’m focused on staying positive and keeping stress in my life to a minimal to help do what I can to keep my cancer levels reasonably stable.

Just to give a recap, I’m living with a rare blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. From February to November 2013, I was on my 4th chemo treatment called Velcade, where I had weekly in-hospital injections, in addition to a variety of other pills taken to supplement my chemo treatment. You can read the background on my diagnosis and previous treatments on an earlier blogpost. You can also follow me on twitter.

You can also view the complete set of photos related to my treatment here.

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