I went to my Oncologist appointment yesterday expecting bad news from my recent bone marrow biopsy. Usually if there is no bad news, I will get a phone call saying, “See you in three months.” The call I got this time said the doctor wants to see me.
Myeloma cancer causes bone marrow to make too many plasma cells. My first bone marrow biopsy was almost a year ago, August 2011. At that time, my plasma cells were at 30% (normal is 5%). The biopsy I had about three weeks ago shows plasma cells at 20%. I asked the Doc what might have brought those numbers down. She said “The treatments,” which took me by surprise because I’m not taking any treatments. “The radiation treatments you had a year ago for the Plasmacytoma,” she said, “may be what brought the numbers down.”
I also have something called 17P Deletion. This bumps my cancer up from a run of the mill Myeloma into a more aggressive, more dangerous category. She told me I had it, but this biopsy shows no trace of it. Gone?! She said it was probably a, “sampling error” because this doesn’t just go away. I think she wanted to reserve the right to not be surprised if it shows up again in a future biopsy, but for now, the test says it’s gone. She will call me with the protein numbers they always check when those test results are available (from yesterday’s blood tests).
Thank you, God, for maybe a little more time, and thank you, friends for all your prayers.