Day 7 – Stem Cell Collection

Day seven since I received the Cytoxan (chemotherapy) in preparation for the stem cell collection. Everything has gone pretty much according to the plan, as far as I can tell. The only exception that I’ve been aware of is that the central line was installed in the jugular vein, not the subclavical vein. Not sure …

Day -1 – Stem Cell Collection

I will be going in to Group Health Central clinic nice and early tomorrow, Thursday morning (Day 1). The plan is to install a central line. This is a direct port to a large vein above the heart, the subclavian vein. The central line is a device that allows blood samples to be withdrawn and …

Day -3 – Stem Cell Collection

Three more days to go until the big chemo day. With some help I finally have gotten my apartment organized so that I have a comfortable place to come home to after my big chemo days. Now I just need to go get some vitamin E capsules. I read that they help prevent mouth sores. …

Introduction

My name is Dennis. I am 52 years old. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer that involves the bone marrow, on October 13th, 2004. I have tried two treatments (dexamethasone/thalidomide and Velcade) so far, and there has been no response to either. Since there has been no response to these initial treatments, I …