Hoist a Pint

Thursday, August 23, 2012: 

At the end of the 58th 28-day cycle of the pomalidomide (CC-4047) study, my myeloma markers remain stable. IgG went up 8% to 1180 mg/dL, but M-spike remained constant at 1.0 g/dL (1000 mg/dL). Lambda free light chains increased a little, while kappa chains decreased a bit, but both were well within the range that we have observed in recent cycles on the study. Basically, the measurements are all within their recent envelopes, so there is no change.

Oatmeal underneath

I recently heard from a woman who just lost her husband to myeloma. He and she had done their best, trying every possible therapy before his myeloma finally overwhelmed them all. In celebration of his life, she said “Raise a pint for George.”

I have done that. Tonight I’ve raised another pint to celebrate one more month that my own tiger remains in its cage. If you are inclined to hoist one too, please be my guest.

Most-Recent Test Results:


   May 29    Jun 29    Jul 26    Aug 23     Remarks

M-spike g/dL 1.1 1.0 1.0 1.0 \ Tumor marker no change

IgG mg/dL 1140 998 1090 1180 / Tumor marker up slightly

Lambda mg/dL 2.53 3.11 2.30 2.72 L free light chains

Calcium mg/dL 9.7 10.2 9.7 9.6 Great

Creatinine mg/dL 1.2 1.0 1.1 1.0 Kidney, OK

HGB g/dL 15.7 14.7 14.5 14.5 Hemoglobin, OK

RBC M/uL 4.37 4.15 4.05 4.09 Red cells, a little low

WBC K/uL 4.6 4.9 4.9 4.3 White cells, OK

ANC K/uL 1.80 2.30 2.20 1.90 Neutrophils, OK

Related Links:

My Myeloma     A discussion of my myeloma, not very technical.

My Treatment History Not technical.

My Test Charts Graphic displays of several key test results over time.

My Test Result Table Somewhat technical. Best with a wide browser window.

My Supplement Regimen With links to where I buy them.