Week 87 chemo complete: October cancer levels dropped!

Week 87 chemo complete: October cancer levels dropped!

I have my October blood test results and I’m pleased to report that my cancer levels dropped.

M Protein (g/L)
Oct = 2.3
Sept = 2.8
Aug = value missing
July = value missing
June = 1.9
May = 1.7
Apr = 2.5
Mar = 3

The M Protein is a complete and accurate measure of the cancer/myeloma in my body, it consists 100% of abnormal protein. A zero value means no cancer is detected in my blood. The Beta 2 and igG measures I’ve previously discussed, contain good and abnormal protein and therefore aren’t as accurate.

My Hematology profile (how my body responds overall to being on treatment) looks good.

Hematology Profile
Date WBC Hemoglobin Platelet Count Neutrophils
Reference Range 4.0 – 11.0 135 – 170 150 – 400 2.0 – 8.0
Oct 5.3 126 311 4.2
Sept 7.9 128 295 4.8
August 6.3 129 324 4.9
July 6.5 129 349 5.2
June 8.5 126 299 5.2
May 5.6 128 303 4.5
Apr 6.0 131 296 4.9
Mar 6.8 133 339 5.9
Feb 7.5 130 336 6.4
Jan 25 8.3 129 335 5.7
Jan 11 4.9 126 335 5.7
Dec 15.6 129 356 11.2
Nov 30 8.8 133 416 7.0
Nov 2 5.7 136 447 4.7
Nov 8.1 137 387 5.9
Oct 10.5 139 329 8.8
Sept 5.3 130 363 4.4
Sept 13.7 122 304 5.2
Aug 6.1 130 378 4.9
Aug 12.0 133 329 8.3
July 12.8 131 302 9.47
July 4.8 123 386 3.8
June 10.6 124 281 8.0
June 6.5 122 439 4.7
May 12.4 118 271 8.9
May 10.0 118 320 5.2
Apr 12.5 123 297 9.8
Apr 7.6 113 357 3.9
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

I’m maintaining a positive outlook on life!

To recap: On Sunday, October 9th, I completed Cycle 22 Week 3. 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.

Segway on the seawallMay 2014: Segway on the seawall

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