Week 147 of chemo complete: Cancer levels are stable

Good news! My November blood test results show that cancer levels are stable again – Nov = 8. Hopefully this 8-9 range will be the new normal for future tests. This test result shows that my Pomalyst chemo is effectively fighting my cancer. Recall that I stopped dexamethasone (steroid) in July due to eye damage and I’m just on chemo.

M protein (g/L) (0 = cancer undetectable)
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.

I am much more fatigued now both mentally and physically, due to my elevated cancer levels while on indefinite chemo treatment. Thinking remains a challenge and conversations are becoming increasingly infrequent. This is to be expected as chronic fatigue is a common symptom of my multiple myeloma + anemia.

I will never let cancer discourage me. I’ll continue to maintain a positive attitude, focus on healthy eating, and avoiding negativity in my life.

Happy days ahead!

Week 147 of chemo complete: Chemo levels are stable again
Thursday morning as fog blanketed the city, I travelled to Stanley Park. I wanted a setting that maintained the look of autumn through the fog. A surreal atmosphere.

To recap: On Sunday, November 5th, I completed Cycle 36 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.

End of the day on Granville IslandMay 2014: Granville Island

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