Week 151 of chemo complete: Adding a new chemo due to increased cancer levels

After consultation with my Myeloma Specialist/Hematologist, I’ve made the choice to add a new chemo to my Pomalyst chemo treatment. My December blood test results show that my cancer levels have increased from 8 in November to between 10 and 11 now. It should be more effective to have 2 chemos fighting my multiple myeloma now, before my cancer levels get too high. Multiple myeloma has severe symptoms that hopefully I can minimize with lower cancer levels.

Although Dexamethasone (steroid) + Pomalyst (chemo) were effective in keeping my cancer levels low and stable since 2015. I had to stop this steroid in July, due to eye damage found by my Glaucoma Specialist [see Week 127 post] . Going back on dexamethasone is not an option.

M protein (g/L) (0 = cancer undetectable)
Dec = between 10 and 11
Nov = 8
Late Oct = 9
Early Oct = between 5-6
Sept = under 7.7
Aug = value missing
July = 3.0
June =3.2
Feb 2015 (began chemo) 36.1

My m protein value is my cancer levels marker. Think of it as the amount of myeloma/cancer in my plasma cells. Plasma cells are white blood cells used to fight infection. That’s why multiple myeloma is a cancer of the immune system and also called a blood cancer. If my m protein is 0, then cancer is undetectable in my bloodstream.

The details are still being worked out, although I hope to start soon. I’m staying positive that my cancer levels will drop – and stay down for a long time.

Thanks for your continual encouragement and support!

Week 151 of chemo complete: Adding a new chemo due to increased cancer levels

Photo:
I believe I’m never fighting cancer alone.
I believe this new chemo will work.
I believe in a positive attitude.
I believe!

To recap: On Sunday, December 31st, I completed Cycle 38 Week 3. I have Multiple Myeloma and anemia, a rare cancer of the immune system. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells that 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.

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

Fraser River Canada Line BridgeMay 2014: Fraser River Canada Line Bridge

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