Remember the very important Kidney Biopsy procedure I had a little more than a week ago to determine if my cancer is also spreading to my heart, a rare and serious condition known as Amyloidosis? Well, the final relults are in you can put a big mark the win column in my battle against multiple myeloma!!!!
The results are very good, though my very personal fight against this nasty, sneaky, and life changing form of cancer still rolls on every day. The great news from my oncologist, Doctor Anderson, allows us all to breathe easier today. Here is a part of the email from Doctor Anderson.
“Good news, no amyloidosis.
I will have to see how your heart makers behave before deciding if we need to ask for a heart biopsy in the coming weeks but we may be able to avoid it since no signs of amyloid in the kidneys.”
Last week Doctor Anderson felt I was doing well enough, despite being visibly tired, that he felt it was ok give me a much needed week of from Chemo treatments. Now the good news about the kidney biopsy is delivered. Let’s all celebrate! Knowing we still have a long road to hoe.
My Wednesday started at 5am and concluded at about 5pm, which is a load for a cancer patient.
I have bad news and good news (yes, I hate that phrase too). My oncologist did not have any news for me about the kidney biopsy from last week. He simply has not heard any news as yet, which was a real bummer.
The good news, came as big surprise to Melinda and I, was Doctor Anderson canceled the Chemo treatment for the day and sent us home. That was a first for me, and since as last weeks bwas a scheduled Chemo as time off means that for the first time I could enjoy back to back weeks without Chemo. I’ll take it! Doctor Anderson said that my overall numbers continue to show inprovment, but that I looked tired. Amen to that. He also mentioned that based on my numbers it’s ok to take some time off because, “we’ve got Melanoma on the run”. That felt good to hear.
He also scheduled a blood transfusion for today, which I have been wanting to some time because my hemoglobin level is very low and is leading to Amemia and dizziness when I stand which is a leading reason for a couple of recent falls I’ve had. The last transfusion I had was a couple of months ago and was a big help.
Wednesday is almost certainly the most hectic day of the week on my schedule, with today as no exception.
I’m already in the dialysis chair which should end around 10am or just a bit shorter. I will take a break for a lunch or breakfast meal and then it will be on to Dallas for Chemo. Melinda is taking the day off so that she can driive me. Most of my Chemo sessions take place at the Moncrief Cancer Institute in Fort Worth, which I really like because its an easy drive from my house and it is usually not crowded and I can get in and out pretty quickly.
The reason I will be making the longer trip Dallas today is because I will not only Chemo but I have an important meeting with my oncologist, Dr. Larry Anderson, who is based at based there at UT Southwestern, wich owns the aforementioned center in Fort Worth. I except that Dr. Anderson will go over the results of the kidney biopsy I had last week. Of course I hope that he has good news and that I can transition away from Chemo and towards Stem Cell Transplant surgery, which I will explain as I get closer to it.