Today, Bob started Round Three. Cutting right to the chase, and sharing the good news, we learned that he is in partial remission!! His M-Spike (Monoclonal Protein), also known as the Cancer Count is down to 1.3, below what it needs to be to start the Stem Cell Transplant procedure!
The WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, and Hematocrit are all still low, but his Platelets are now 165,000 and within the acceptable range, for the first time in almost three months.
Because he's begun to experience some side effects from the Velcade (pain in his legs and left hip, and inflammation in his liver), the Velcade dosage has been reduced, and will only be administered once each week. And, because of the adverse reactions to the Velcade, there is a possibility that the SCT may need to be moved up.
We truly have something for which to be thankful, what a great week to learn this news. Could it be that we are almost ready to complete the first leg of this journey?