I started a curcumin regimen on June 27. Today I got the results. They were not terrible, but sadly, they do not show much benefit from nine weeks of curcumin treatment. Here are some numbers:
- Free lambda light chains are down 12%, and
- “Spike” (SPEP) is down 3% to 1.90 g/dL, but
- IgG is UP 12% to 3110 mg/dL, and
- Serum calcium has edged up to 10.4 mg/dL, which is above the normal range for the first time ever.
Doc and I had quite a discussion today. He really wants to put me on Revlimid right away. I have lots of questions about that, such as:
- Should we hit it easy, shoot for a partial remission and stability, or
- Should we hit it hard, with more drugs, and shoot for a longer-term remission?
- Why Revlimid and not Velcade, when we know that Thalomid (thalidomide), another “IMID” drug, has already failed?
- Why not wait until there are symptoms, as Mayo would do?
- Is the above-normal calcium already a symptom?
The doctor believes that time is getting short, looking at the high IgG of 3110. But if that is a problem, it should also show up in other tests, which so far look pretty normal. Or it will show up as lesions in the bones, which we will soon determine. I’m trying to get the right balance here, of risk from the myeloma versus risk from the drugs that treat myeloma.
Meantime, I figure on living life to the fullest. Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece!
- My Myeloma: A discussion of my myeloma, not very technical.
- My Treatment History: Not technical.
- My Lab Test Charts: Graphic displays of several key test results over time, like the one below showing IgG from 2003 to date.
- My Lab Test Table: Best with a wide browser window. Very technical.