I thought I would put in a description of myeloma to help people understand what it is how it affects the body. Just FYI.
an, also called multiple myeloma, is a cancer of the plasma cells. Plasma cells are white blood cells that make antibodies that protect us from infection. In myeloma, the cells grow too much, crowding out normal cells in the bone marrow that make red blood cells, platelets, and other white blood cells.
Multiple myeloma is considered treatable, but generally incurable. Remissions may be brought about with steroids, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and stem cell transplant. Bisphosphonatesand radiation therapy are sometimes used to reduce pain from bone lesions.
I’ve relapsed now 5 times, this being the 5th. Last time the Velcade worked practically instantly but disease progression does come into play and the cancer cells get smarter and more resistant. This will be my 3rd time on Velcade so it is questionable how effective it will be. One thing for sure is I am not waiting till my Kappa light chains go to 600+. That’s what happened last time. This time I will say Kappa over 100mg/L let’s start treatment.
Thankful Thursday: I am thankful to still feel good enough to swim and go to the gym. Right now probably the one symptom I have may be decreased energy and I do start to lose more hair for some reason. Other than that, I’m asymptomatic.
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this was a splendid summary. I had forgotten about the number of rounds you’ve gone through.
Fingers crossed the next round is good for you.
So sorry you are having another relapse – keeping everything crossed for you – living with cancer is not easy and you do so well to overcome the limitations it has for you. x