Started cycle 4 yesterday and had the monthly Myeloma markers drawn from the blood:
IGg (that is the out of control protein in me) down to 843! (normal 700 -1600, down from 3324 on 11/26/12). IGa and IGm are now below normal ranges. That’s okay. Chemo is killing them too. The all important M Spike (the ratio between the three) has now reduced to .53. I WILL SAY THAT AGAIN. .53! On 11/26/12 that was 2.76. On 1/18/13 it was 1.02. On 2/15 it is down to .53.
THAT IS ABOUT 80% REMISSION.
Light chain proteins are lower as well. The KAPPA chain which was 475.96 on 11/26/12 (normal range 3.30 – 19.40) is now down to 14.60. NORMAL! LAMBDA chain 4.74 (below normal range but again it is fine) and Kappa/Lambda ratio is 3.08 (normal .26 – 1.65) was 76.64 11/26/12.
Protein in the urine measured 57.50 (normal 30-150) versus a 302.50 11/26. NORMAL!
BUT WAIT … Don’t spike the ball. Had a minor hiccup. As I said, one of the scariest things about this is EVERY time I go in to the doctor or for treatment SOMETHING – anything could change. Yesterday my liver blood tests were very elevated. Almost 3 times normal. This could be from a variety of things. Diet, infection, inflammation, medicines (and I take a lot of them) and how they work together, lab error or (not to be an alarmist) spreading of the cancer.
The spreading is the least likely because today the same tests were done and one measure was back in normal range and one was still high (about 2x normal.). If it were spreading the numbers likely would have continued upward. Nobody seems very concerned about this at Mt. Sinai today but yesterday there was some stress over there. We will just have to monitor. I am waiting to speak with Dr. J about this but I don’t feel cause for concern.
The reason I share this is … I promised an honest account of my journey. The good, the bad, the highs and lows. Cancer is a tough opponent. It will fight me tooth and nail all the way and just when I think it’s gone it will rear it’s ugly head. There is no straight line to remission but there is a finish line and I will find it!
SILVER LINING: Many for today. The Myeloma is going bye-bye. MSpike down, IGg normal, Kappa chain normal, U Protein normal. I FEEL GREAT ABOUT THAT!
This week I get back to a better diet. I had red meat twice last week and a few more french fries too. I also had a lot more sugar than I normally do. This week it’s back to SEAWEED, MANGOS and CHICKEN.
Finally, I want to thank my posse for the week. Friday crew – Bender, Mave O’Dara and Jeremy. And the Saturday crew Adam and my father in law Allan. Just can’t express how meaningful it is to walk into the treatment center with plenty who have your back.
WE ARE WINNING! #bradstrong