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 … Continue reading Progress

Pins & Needles

As the chemotherapy treatment progresses there are signs of some of the side effects becoming manifest. One of these is Peripheral Neuropathy. This term describes damage to the nerves in the hands, feet, arms and legs and is both a symptom of Myeloma and it's treatment with Valcade (Bortezomib) and other chemotherapy drugs such as … Continue reading Pins & Needles

Light Chains

Myeloma can be classified by according to the type of defective immunoglobin (paraprotein) produced by the myeloma cell. However, it is easier to classify it by it's genetic subtype. There are several different types of immunoglobin (aka antibodies). Each is 'Y' shaped and made of two identical Heavy Chains and two identical Light Chains There … Continue reading Light Chains