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Old 07-05-2005, 05:00 AM
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I havew been treated with Velcade for 7 cycles and I believe the I will get at least 2 and possibly 3 more cycles. The results of my treatment so far has exceeded my expectations. My protein count after 6 cycles showed a reduction of about 67 to 75% depending on the criteria measured. My doctor's approach is to get the count as low as it will go before a bone marrow check. As far as I can ascertain this reduction seems to be in the lower percentile of expectation as published in the infomation brochures I have read. My only concern has been that I have experienced some side effects that nobody expected. That is, I am having a tough time of it with C.O.P.D. and have been hospitalized a couple of times and am now relying on a Pulmonologist to get me through my further treatments. Other than that I haven't had any other symptoms that have caused any major concern. My prior treatments included Xray, VAD, Thalomide and,a mixture of Cytoxin/Cisplatin/Decatron & Etoposide. During these treatments the side effects were considerably more discomforting than the ones being experienced on Velcade. Right now,I think Velcade is miraculous.
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