Well, gang- after complete remission for over 7 years, his MM has returned.
His blood work and bone marrow biopsy showed absolutely nothing alarming. His hip had really been bothering him, so Dr. Safah ordered an MRI.
We went to see her on Thursday, fully expecting yet another clean bill of health.
The MRI showed a 9.3-centimeter lesion on his left hip. (Measures 3.66 inches in diameter).
So, she calmly announced that he was to stay off of his tractor, watch how he sits down, etc. She's afraid that he would suffer a broken hip.
Then went on to say that she was ordering 10 radiation treatments, 2 months of Chemo and ANOTHER Stem Cell Transplant.
Needless to say, my eyes filled with tears. She smiled and sweetly said that she wasn't the least bit concerned. He did so well last time and remained clean for so many years..... that he would breeze right through this. She said that this time it would be much easier on his body.
We met with a Slidell Radiologist doctor and our Slidell Oncologist on Monday and Tuesday. The Radiology department did a CT Scan and tattooed his hip.
Our Slidell Oncologist said that he suspects that this is a Plasmacytoma, as his bone marrow and blood wasn't the least bit alarming to them.
Radiation begins tomorrow.
This time around his Chemo will consist of Revlimid, Velcade, and Dexamethasone.
My tears have ceased and we're both very confident with our new team. Dr. S. from Tulane told both of these Slidell doctors that he would zip right through this process.
After Radiation and Chemo, they'll gather his Stem Cells and the transplant will be done in New Orleans at Tulane.
This is all happening very quickly. We walked around in a daze all weekend but hit the ground running on Monday.