Week 99 complete: Cancer levels dropped

Week 99 Compete: Cancer levels dropped

My December blood test results thankfully show a decrease in my cancer levels (M Protein).

According to my Hematologist (Blood Cancer Specialist): The M Protein (Myeloma Protein) is only my abnormal protein, which is my myeloma or represents the cancer in my body as g/L. The igG and Beta 2 that I discussed before isn’t a complete accurate measure as they consist of good and bad proteins, while the M Protein value is all bad protein. If the M Protein value is zero, then no cancer is detected in my blood.

M Protein (g/L)
Dec = 2.4
Nov = 3.3
Oct = 2.5
Oct = 2.3
Sept = 2.8
Aug = value missing
July = value missing
June = 1.9
May = 1.7
Apr = 2.5
Dec – Mar = 3.0

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
Dec 6.7 128 303 3.4
Nov 5.7 132 325 4.8
Oct 4.3 130 343 3.5
Oct 5.3 126 311 4.2
Sept 7.9 128 295 4.8

Yesterday morning around sunrise I went to Trout Lake. For the first time in 20 years, the lake was open for ice skating. It was really nice to watch people playing hockey and having fun.

To recap: On Sunday, December 11th, I completed Cycle 25 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.

StevestonMay 2014: Steveston

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