I saw my radiation oncologist today. Dr. Perkins is confident he can mop up any active lesions the second transplant doesn't get. Amazing what they can do with radiation these days. In some cases, Dr. Perkins said they can radiate skull lesions without the radiation ever even touching the patient's brain. If needed, their practice
More financial complications. Wait until you hear this twisted tale. Two weeks ago I wrote a post about how complicated the financial side of my myeloma therapy can be--especially early in the calendar year: Outdated financial rules could hit me hard in 2015 One of the unexpected benefits of taking pomalidomide: pain from new
I know a lot more about how I'm doing after a hectic afternoon yesterday. First, my blood work. I won't have my SPEP results (M-spike) until Friday. But my white counts, absolute neutrophil count (ANC) and platelets have yo-yo ed back down. I met with my medical oncologist here on Amelia Island, Dr. Luke, later
I started radiation therapy today. It took longer than session's I've experienced in the past; something to do with getting the monster machine rotated from one hip to the other. To review, it has become painful for me to push off when I walk, get up from a chair or in and out of bed.
Myeloma cells are so sensitive to radiation, I have often wondered why radiologists don't simply radiate a patient to the point that myeloma cells are destroyed throughout their body. mPatient founder, Jenny Ahlstrom, recently interviewed noted researcher and Professor of Medical Oncology, Dr. Damien Green, about his work combining immunotherapy and radiation. In this excerpt,
Time for a medical update. I completed radiation therapy yesterday. It didn't work as quickly on my rib pain as it did in the past for my back and hips, but the pain is improving; it doesn't feel like someone shot me in the side every time I twist, turn or cough! I've been feeling