Helene and I went to Dr. J today for a check up on the Myeloma markers and it was good news. So far we have achieved over a 40% remission. This does not include the two most recent treatments since blood was taken at Saturday session and did not have time to register so Dr. J feels we are at 50% or what they call PARTIAL REMISSION. They are very pleased with this.
By the numbers:
Light Chain Kappa reading was 47.40 down from 475.96 at diagnosis. (3.30-19.40 normal range) Lambda still normal and the Kappa/Lambda ratio is at 6.475 down from 76.64 (.26 – 1.65 normal range)
Heavy Chain Protein (which doesn’t react to treatment as quickly) showed all normal but IGg which measured 2141 down from 3324 (700 – 1600 normal range)
M Spike was down to 1.51 from 2.68 at diagnosis. This number needs to be close to zero but Dr. J very happy about this. Not uncommon to see M Spike in the 3-4 range in MM patients from what I understand.
GOING FORWARD – 2 more cycles of CRD (Carfilzomib, Revlimid and Dexamethasome) – 3 weeks on and 1 week off beginning 1/18. No follow up with Dr. J until March but we will be monitoring markers after each cycle. At 90% remission (hopefully after these 2 but maybe 3 cycles) we will begin to harvest stem cells for a possible transplant. Long way off. KEEP DOING WHAT YA DOING CHEMO.
ALL IS WELL – LONG, LONG WAY TO GO BUT WE WILL CELEBRATE EACH STEP ALONG THE WAY.
As I said – no spiking the ball. Things change and they change rapidly. But for now it’s one foot in front of the other …
#bradstrong community – I couldn’t have gotten to this point without all of you. THANK YOU! It’s a great day to fight cancer … again.