Cycle 4: Jan blood test results – Cancer levels remain unchanged

My Jan blood test results show that my cancer levels (m protein) remain unchanged.
For Dec my cancer levels (m protein) were between 5 and 6 and are between 5 and 6 for Jan. However, I believe my chemo is still effective in fighting my multiple myeloma as other protein markers that can also be used to measure my progress (Beta 2 Globulin and igG) have decreased.

So this news is not discouraging or upsetting. I remain optimistic that my Feb blood test results will be good.

Feeling alright and staying positive!

M protein (g/L) (0 = no cancer detected)
Jan = between 5 and 6
Dec = between 5 and 6
Nov = 11
Late Oct = 27
Early Oct = 48
Sept = 41

Beta 2 globulin protein (1.8 – 4.8 normal levels)
Jan = 7.4
Dec = 9.0
Nov = 13.1

igG protein (6.7 – 15.2 normal levels)
Jan = 7.9
Dec = 10.1
Nov = 12.8

Cycle 4: Jan blood test results - Cancer levels remained unchanged

Photo: Blood test results are only part of the picture
Each month I share the results of my recent blood test. It is important to know whether my chemo treatment is working, so that my Myeloma Specialist and I can make adjustments, if my cancer levels increase. However, this is just one measure of my overall health, living with multiple myeloma.

There are daily challenges and obstacles that can be compounded due to side effects from treatment or symptoms of my disease – one of them are stairs. These are the stairs in my home. Each time I’m able to walk up or down the stairs without incident is a win. I’m always worried about fatigue or bone issues causing difficulties on the way down or developing internal problems that restrict my ability to walk up.

Happy to report that today was incident-free, hoping tomorrow will be the same.

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

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 mid-October, I’m being treated with Kyprolis (carfilzomib), an IV chemo, Cyclophosphamide, and dexamethasone.

End of the day on Granville IslandMay 2014: Granville Island Sunset

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