IgG is down about 6%, from 1210 to 1140 mg/dL, but it goes up and down a bit, and the difference may be within the measurement accuracy of the test. M-spike is unchanged at 1.1 g/dL. Lambda and kappa light chains both dropped slightly, though the ratio is about the same and I don't really know what the light chains mean anyway.
For the second straight month every other blood marker of any significance was within the reference range, even the red blood cell count. I feel very good, too, and I'm running well, considering recent surgery. I had been concerned about calcium, but it's been well within the reference range for three months now, so I'm sure I have no dissolving bones.
The annual meeting of the Americal Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will be held in Chicago this coming weekend, and my sweeties and I have been invited to attend. We will be helping to staff an advocacy booth supported by the International Myeloma Foundation, and blogging about new myeloma research. We might even go for a nice run on the Chicago Lakeshore Trail.
- Early Access to Emerging Treatments: Current rules often prevent doctors and their patients from trying new treatments, even if the patient is dying. We as a nation want to prevent patients from suffering unexpected side effects, of course, but for dying patients the side effect of NO treatment is worse.
- Oral Drug Parity: Some expensive, targeted cancer treatments are administered as infusions in a clinic, while others are pills, taken at home. Because prescription drug coverage almost always has a much higher co-pay and deductible than the medical insurance that covers in-clinic infusions, patients whose best treatment option is a pill can be faced with bills as high as $10,000 per month. Some states have passed legislation requiring insurers to cover oral treatments on terms no less favorable than in-clinic treatments, and federal legislation is proposed. It can't come soon enough.
Most-Recent Test Results:
|Test||Mar 08||Apr 04||May 04||May 29||Remarks|
|M-spike g/dL||1.0||1.1||1.1||1.1||\ Tumor marker|
|IgG mg/dL||1100||1290||1210||1140||/ Tumor marker|
|Lambda mg/dL||2.80||2.24||2.75||2.53||L Free light chains|
|Creatinine mg/dL||1.0||1.2||1.0||1.2||Kidney, OK|
|HGB g/dL||14.2||14.6||15.6||15.7||Hemoglobin, OK|
|RBC M/uL||3.86||4.08||4.31||4.37||Red cells, not bad|
|WBC K/uL||3.7||6.1||5.3||4.6||White cells, OK|
|ANC K/uL||1.70||1.50||2.70||1.80||Neutrophils, OK|
|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.|
Everything here is organic except the oatmeal in the meat loaf (we don't know where to get oatmeal that is both organic and gluten free). Yes that's a dill pickle in a sweet potato: