This will be a short report, as there is very little news. (No news is good news.)
I had my 6 month post transplant meeting with my oncologist at Stanford.
She reviewed all my blood tests results, which is how they monitor my cancer and any side effects from the chemotherapy drugs. My neutrophils, which are the infection fighting white blood cells, are a little low so she didn't increase my dose of Revlimid. This is the one maintenance drug I am on and will stay on indefinitely.
The doctor was very happy with my status. I have achieved a complete response. A complete response means that there is no detectable monoclonal protein in my body. The monoclonal protein is produced by the cancer cells, so this means the cancer cells are inactive. The cancer cells are still in my bone marrow, but at a very low level. From her standpoint I am doing great and she expects my response to last for several (2-5) years.
I have two ongoing side effects. The first is peripheral neuropathy. This was caused by Velcade which I was given last year. This will remain with me the rest of my life. It is not painful, but just a little bothersome. The other side effect is being tired all the time. The doctor said this is a consequence of having to take all the chemotherapy drugs. It is not unexpected.
My next meeting at Stanford will be six months from now, which will be the one year anniversary of my stem cell transplant. I'll give you an update then.