They Know Me on Sight

I walked toward the hematology desk at Mayo Clinic and was greeted by name before I got there. No one wants to be that familiar at that desk, though of course it's a compliment to the sweet technician who remembered me. Imagine how many people she sees in a day, not to mention a month. Good news again today, though, at the end of the 55th 28-day cycle on the pomalidomide study, my numbers are stable once more.

Cancer markers:

IgG is down about 6%, from 1210 to 1140 mg/dL, but 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. 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.

Advocacy Issues: More to come ...

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
Calcium mg/dL 10.3 9.6 10.0 9.7 Normal
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, normal
ANC K/uL 1.70 1.50 2.70 1.80 Neutrophils, normal

Related Links:

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.