12-9-17 Note: I feel good. My quality of life is high. I do what I want: garden, golf, hike, play music, and chase the grandkids. The MM is stable. And, this month marks ten years since diagnosis.
The current regimen has me taking Darzalex (Daratumumab) once a month, Velcade (Bortezomib) weekly, and 12 mg of dexamethasone weekly. I also receive IVIG once a month and Zometa (a bone strengthener) once every three months. The graph to the left represents the baseline from which we proceeded in February of 2017.
Blood labs: CBC, Chem Panel, Serum Free Light Chain Assay, and Serum Protein Electrophoresis on day 22 of every 28 day cycle.
Clinic with oncologist once each month to review lab results.
I will update the results from labs taken monthly on three indices:
M-spike, the clearest indicator of cancer activity.
Creatinine, which shows how my kidneys are faring as myeloma can cause kidney problems.
Hemoglobin, for anemia, as it is a symptom common to MM patients and present in me from the get-go.
Date M-spike g/dL Creatinine mg/dL Hemoglobin g/dL
1-2-18 1.9 stablish 0.90 normal 9.3 😦
1-29-18 1.9 🤔 1.00 normal 10.1 low
2-26-18 2.0 😦 .80 normal 9.4 😦
3-26-18 1.9 🤔 .88 normal 10.4 low
4-23-18 1.7 🙂 .89 normal 10.7 low
5-21-18 1.9 🤔 .92 normal 10.0 low
6-18-18 2.1 🤭 .92 normal 10.3 low
9-6-18 2.2 ☹️ .85 normal 8.8 ☹️
Aspirin 81mg daily
Acyclovir 400mg twice a day
Magnesium and Zinc, 400mg & 15mg daily
Calcium + D3, 400mg & 500 IU twice a day
Fish Oil Omega-3, 1000mg twice a day
B6, Folic Acid, B12, 2mg & 800mcg & 1000mcg twice a day