Living with multiple myeloma: Cancer levels have dropped

March full blood testWaiting for my bloodtest

On Monday I had my monthly full blood test. Unfortunately I didn’t drink as much water as I should have beforehand, so I was dehydrated. This meant it took a few pokes before the attendant was able to get enough blood to fill the four test tubes needed for the various tests. I will remember next time for sure.

I looked at my results online today using myehealth, a service in BC which provides free access to my lab results as soon as available.

My cancer levels (igG) have dropped. This is good news. It is always worrying when you begin a new treatment (now Pomalyst after Revlimid and Velcade) whether it will be effective or not, so I’m happy that I’m showing progress.

Serum Proteins (Electrophoresis & Immunoglobulins) (g/L)
Date Albumin Beta Globulin 2 Gamma Globulin igG igA igM
Reference Range 34.0-53.0 1.8 – 4.8 5.1 – 15.0 6.7 – 15.2 .70 – 4.00 .40 – 2.30
Mar 39.1 27.1 2.6 27.5 .26 .50
Feb 38.9 33.9 3.0 36.1 .33 .53
Jan 39.3 30.6 3.7 33.4 .29 .22

My Hematology Profile is the Complete Blood Counts test I have every 2 weeks that measures my overall health.

Hematology Profile
Date WBC Hemoglobin Platelet Count Neutrophils
Reference Range 4.0 – 11.0 135 – 170 150 – 400 2.0 – 8.0
Mar 7.0 133 247 5.6
Mar 6.8 127 467 5.2
Feb 5.5 133 191 4.6
Jan 4.4 129 206 2.3

So, my chemo treatment is working and the side effects have been minimal. I’m continuing to focus on healthy living, positive thinking, and creative self-portraits to help me cope and remain happy.

To recap: 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. From February 9th 2015, I am on Pomalyst and dexamethasone chemo treatment (Pom/dex).

Photos related to my Pomalyst chemo treatment can be viewed in my flickr album.

UBC Wreck BeachMarch 2014: UBC Wreck Beach

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