Posted on January 15th, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

Great news! I can begin my chemo as an outpatient for the first three months! This is brilliant as I get to stay home instead of having to be admitted. My preparation starts today though, with my first batch of oral chemotherapy being swallowed tomorrow.

We had a long session with the specialist as we looked through the X-rays and MRI’s together. The biopsy I had yesterday actually showed no abnormalities in the cells within that patch of pelvis. There is enough evidence though to get things underway.

I will be treated with cyto-toxic drugs together with a regime of steroids, nausea suppressants and other counter-active drugs for 4 cycles. Each cycle is 21 days, so about 3 months all up for this aspect of chemotherapy. Then the fun begins when we go on to the high-dose chemo and stem cell transplant. That is when I will have to be in hospital and remain in isolation for a time. We will find out more about that at a later date.

The specialist said that the stem cell transplant is very effective, and that 40% of people with multiple myleloma having this treatment will survive the next 10 years. The thing to remember here is that most MM patients are quite old and may add to the statistics through dying at a ripe old age. Some people find statistics offensive or in a way promoting a self-fulfilling prophecy of outcome. I personally find stats helpful as it makes me realise the severity of what we are dealing with. Non-favorable stats make a healthy come-back all the more triumphant.


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