Today I have met with my consultant. We meet every three weeks at the end of a chemotherapy cycle. A chance to touch base and reflect on progress. I have just completed my third cycle of chemotherapy and so approximately half way through the process or so I believed.
It turns out that I have progressed so well that it may well be that the next cycle will be my last – thus four cycles not six (possibly five if they decide to do so).
This is good news – the longer I am subjected to Valcade the more potential there is for peripheral neuropathy to set it. This is nerve damage caused by the medication. Although this can be reversed it is a problem and already I have a permanent fuzziness in my feet. There is no pain but definite tingling – a sure sign of peripheral neuropathy.
When I was first diagnosed the proportion of Light Chains (paraprotein) caused by the Myeloma were over 2000. At last measurement levels were down to 29. A normal person will have values under 19. This is the reason for the good news and the shortened number of cycles. In the next three weeks I am due to meet a consultant from Nottingham who will talk about the next phase – stem cell extraction and reimplementation.
For now I await the prescription of my next batch of drugs – it will take about two hours to get them 🙁 – hopefully my last batch for now! 😄