- IgG is down from 1200 to 1050 mg/dL;
- M-spike is unchanged at 1.0 g/dL, but this month it actually makes sense;
- Free light chains are stable, similar to other recent values;
- A bone-density (DEXA) scan shows a slight INCREASE in bone density. The differences in results are within the measurement error of the machine, but at least the bone density has not gone down since one year ago; and
- A PET scan three years ago, at the beginning of this study, showed myeloma lesions in three bones. Today's scan shows no lesions. Combine this with good blood-test results for calcium, kidney (creatinine), and hemoglobin, the C.R.A.B. symptoms are all negative, so the myeloma is not symptomatic any more. Cool.
Happily, the dexamethasone was gradually reduced, and finally stopped over a year ago, and the pomalidomide has been on its own since then. I have mild side effects: Slight neuropathy in fingers and feet, and a reduced heart rate which affects running but nothing else. There is also a risk of deep-vein blood clots, for which I take an aspirin daily. I am happy to accept those risks and side effects in exchange for symptom-free myeloma.
Kudos to Mayo Clinic:
All of the tests, including all of the blood tests, an electrocardiogram, the DEXA scan, and the PET scan, were done in one day, with all results available by the end of the day. What a place. It sounds like bragging, I guess, and perhaps it is, but really I wish everyone could live close to a medical center like Mayo Clinic. I feel blessed.
Actually, I did have the CBC with differential done on the previous day, not because Mayo would have any problem with it but because my neutrophil count is always higher in the afternoon, and my other blood tests are done in the morning. It worked again - the neutrophil count has to be at least 1000 lil' soldiers per microliter, or I have to stop the study for a while, and they were 1610.
Dr KDS is gradually going away, which we lament, but alas, it will really happen. She stopped by today, but for most of the appointment we saw Dr RH, who did an excellent job in her stead, of course. We discussed:
- Recent pain in the left hip. Is this myeloma? Answer: Wait for PET scan results. Later in the day, the PET scan was negative for lesions anywhere, including the hip.
- Recent pain in the right femur: Myeloma? Same as above.
- Second primary cancers in stem cell transplant patients on Revlimid maintenance: Dr RH was totally up to speed on this issue, and also confirmed that the "information isn't there" to tell us whether people on pomalidomide maintenance could experience the same thing. Anyway, I think the whole issue may end up being a tempest in a teapot. I hope. There are a LOT of good doctors looking into it though.
|Test||Dec 16||Jan 13||Feb 07||Mar 09||Remarks|
|M-spike g/dL||1.0||1.2||1.0||1.0||Best tumor measure?|
|IgG mg/dL||1080||1170||1200||1050||Best tumor measure?|
|L FLC mg/dL||2.41||2.49||2.47||2.50||L Free light chains|
|Creatinine mg/dL||1.0||1.4||1.0||1.0||Kidney, OK|
|HGB g/dL||14.6||15.3||16.0||15.2||Hemoglobin, good|
|RBC M/uL||4.23||4.48||4.44||4.40||Red cells, marginal|
|WBC K/uL||5.1||3.3||4.1||5.3||White cells, OK|
|ANC K/uL||2.50||1.19||1.40||1.61||Neutrophils, sufficient|
|My Myeloma||A discussion of my myeloma, not very technical.|
|My Treatment History||Not technical.|
|My Test Charts||Graphic displays of several key test results over time.|
|My Test Result Table||Somewhat technical. Best with a wide browser window.|
|My Supplement Regimen||With links to where I buy them.|
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