Week 95 chemo complete: Cancer levels show small increase

Week 95 Chemo Compete: Duck!

My November monthly blood test results showed a small increase.

According to my Hematologist (Blood Cancer Specialist): The M Protein (Myeloma Protein) is only my abnormal protein, which is my myeloma or represents the cancer in my body as g/L. The igG and Beta 2 that I discussed before isn’t a complete accurate measure as they consist of good and bad proteins, while the M Protein value is all bad protein. If the M Protein value is zero, then no cancer is detected in my blood.

M Protein (g/L)
Nov = 3.3
Oct = 2.5
Oct = 2.3
Sept = 2.8

My Hematology profile (how my body responds overall to being on treatment) looks good.

Hematology Profile
Date WBC Hemoglobin Platelet Count Neutrophils
Reference Range 4.0 – 11.0 135 – 170 150 – 400 2.0 – 8.0
Nov 5.7 132 325 4.8
Oct 4.3 130 343 3.5
Oct 5.3 126 311 4.2
Sept 7.9 128 295 4.8

In addition, my biannual Glaucoma (eye) Specialist appointment showed a significant increase in my eye pressure (left = 26, right =32). Normal for me is low teens. My Glaucoma Specialist believes the steroid (Dexamethasone), which is part of my chemo treatment, caused the increase. As retinal eye damage (glaucoma) is a concern, I was given eye drops to try and lower the pressure. I will have a follow up tests over the next month to determine whether there are any early signs of glaucoma.

My Hematologist appointment was informative. At this time, there will be no change in my chemo treatment as my cancer levels are still low. We will continue to monitor my eye pressure and respond accordingly, if the eye drops aren’t effective.

Monday was the first day of snow, so I bundled up and travelled to Queen Elizabeth Park nearby. It was beautiful being surrounded by everything in white.

To recap: On Sunday, December 4th, I completed Cycle 24 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.

Steveston - Canada GeeseMay 2014: Steveston – Canada Geese

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