After a couple of months during the summer of blood tests, a bone marrow biopsy and a bone scan I was finally diagnosed in mid-September with a blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. I feel like my health is excellent for an old fart of 67 years old so I was surprised to say the least. It took awhile to come to grips with the idea that I had active and successful cancer cells romping around in my bone marrow. Bummer! But, I am confident that my body will respond really well to a treatment plan and that I will be back to a normal lifestyle relatively quickly.
Proposed Treatment Plan
Starting Oct 4th, 2016. Initiate a chemotherapy plan called RVD (Revlimid, Velcade, and dexamethasone). The Revilmid (chemo) is taken by mouth on days 1 - 15, Velcade (chemo) is given as a subcutaneous injection on days 1, 4, 8 and 11, and dexamedthasone is taken once weekly. Each cycle is 21 days long and the plan includes 4 cycles or 12 weeks total. Depending on my response to chemo a melphalan conditioned autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplant would follow sometime in January or February.