As Multiple Myeloma is an incurable blood cancer, the objective of chemo treatment is to control cancer levels so that they remain low and stable without significant increases. I remain on chemo indefinitely, until it is no longer effective in fighting my cancer. When that happens, I will start a new chemo treatment, that hopefully will be more successful. I think of my treatment as analogous to a prescription for glasses.
The goal of wearing glasses is to improve your vision. After a period of time, your vision may worsen, and you need a new prescription, as your glasses just aren’t effective anymore. Once you have your new glasses, you feel great because you can see again.
I’m happy with my current “glasses” and remain hopeful that everything will stay cool.
To recap: On Sunday, January 8th, I completed Cycle 25 Week 4. 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.
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