The values obtained determine the dose of Valcade, though in practice they work in arrears i.e. Today’s Valcade relies on Tuesday’s results.
What are they measuring? My booklet records 4 values denoted Hb, WBC, Plts and Neuts.
Hb – Haemaglobin count
For a healthy male this should be between 133 and 167 grams per Litre.
Mine has fluctuated between 92 and 110 making me very slightly anaemic but the values have held up and shown a recent rise – last count 106 grams per Litre.
WBC – White Blood Cell Count
This varies in a healthy person from 3.5 to 11 x 109 per Litre.
Mine has fluctuated from 6.5 to 19.1 x 109 per Litre. So has held up really well throughout.
At last count it was 10.9x 109 per Litre
Plts – Platelet Count
This varies in a healthy person from 150 to 400 x 109 per Litre.
Mine has varied between 187 and 285 x 109 per Litre, so again has held up very well showing no detriment.
At last count it was 239x 109 per Litre.
Neuts – Neutrophile Count
This varies in a healthy person from 2.0 to 7.5 x 109 per Litre.
Mine has varied from a low of 3.85 to a high of 16.89 x 109 per Litre. This again was well within the bounds of normality.
Latest reading 9.88 x 109 per Litre.
All in all my progress has been excellent.
They measure other things too but these are not always recorded. These include the level of light chains (paraproteins) and my GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate).
Only the GFR has remained stubbornly low I should have a GFR of about 90 mls/min/1.73m2.
My GFR has been as low as 9, as high as 14, but currently measures 11 mls/min/1.73m2. Technically Kidney failure, though my doctors have not seened overly concerned.