Got my monthly Myeloma markers back from Dr. J. Kind of a mixed bag of results. We are really just plodding along here heading toward stem cell transplant 1/6/14. As I said before – as long as things are moving in the right direction we take that as a positive. Here are the results:
The Good – IGG protein is at 807mg/dl that is NORMAL and lower than last month. This number has been normal since induction therapy. Also M Spike in the urine is still at zero. That makes me happy.
The Bad – Kappa Light Chain Protein continues to be high. The number was 21.41mg/l which is higher than normal and higher than last month slightly. Normal range is below 19.40 mg/l so it isn’t TOO high but I can’t seem to get that number lower since stem cell harvest in July. Because this is slightly high the Kappa/Lambda ratio is also high at 2.305. This ratio is supposed to be below 1.65 so I am out of whack there. This, from what I understand, is a measurement of active disease.
The Meh… – M Spike in the blood is .29g/dl. This is still too high (looking for no M Spike at all) but lower than last month’s .49 g/dl so better and moving in the right direction. I had no M Spike before my stem cell harvest in July.
All in all a mixed bag of results. Looking for big bucks, no whammies when we do this again next month. I exchanged emails with Dr. J’s nurse practitioner this week and here was the conversation:
ME: How are we doing?
HER: Discussed with Dr. J. All numbers are good.
ME: Thank you. Any comment on the Kappa Chains or the K/L Ratio? Is there any meaning behind why it isn’t going down?
HER: The boss says “It is nothing.”
ALL RIGHTY THEN! As I have said before, if he isn’t worried, I am not worried. I have too many other things going on! Work, family, house renovation, work…KEEP GRINDING. It’s a weird Cancer this Myeloma. I feel great. I don’t feel sick and that is what I take to the bank every single day. It’s another great day to fight Cancer.