One man's experience with multiple myeloma

Tag: Bone Biopsy

June 13, 2015

Today is ASCT + 605

I updated my “About Page” to add the following:

New Note June 13, 2015:  I have changed the name of this blog from Karlsmyeloma to Karl&Myeloma in order to disown the myeloma that heretofore I had claimed as mine.  It is not mine; it is not from God.  It is the work of the devil and I do not own it and I reject it and I want it gone from my body.

Recent results show that I seem to be entering a relapse for the third time.  I have a bone marrow biopsy scheduled for this Wednesday, the 17th with Warren to see where I am definitively.

Thank you Lord Jesus, for my healing and for all the healing received by those for whom I pray.

March 23, 2012

Things somehow worked out that I was not to learn the result of my Bone Biopsy until today.  I met with Manny, my orthopedist, who told me that I had Myeloma which is according to the MMRF:

Multiple myeloma, also known as myeloma, is a hematologic cancer, or cancer of the blood. It is the second most common blood cancer, after non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and represents approximately 1% of all cancers in white individuals and 2% of all cancers in black individuals.

Manny said that he was actually very happy that this was the diagnosis because all the other possibilities were much worse.  He said that I should see a hematologist oncologist for further evaluation and treatment.  He rattled off three names, one of which was David.  He gave me a hug and a big smile before I left his office.

Later that day I made an appointment to see Leslie, my DO on 3/26 to further discuss my options.  According to Wikipedia:

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O. or DO) is a professional doctoral degree for physicians in the United States. Holders of the DO degree are known as osteopathic physicians and have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as MDs. Although DOs have traditionally been family physicians, today many physicians holding the DO practice in every specialty field in medicine.

March 14, 2012

I had the Bone Biopsy done at University Hospital, Kathleen drove because I would not be able to drive home.  Basically, I was given enough drugs to knock me out because I’m told no one want to have a Bone Biopsy done any other way.

But here’s the cool part.  The biopsy is taken while you’re in the CT Scanner!  So they get me all set up in the scanner, and then the radiologist, Gaston, comes in and, with the imaging from the CT scanner, knows exactly where and how deep to insert the needle to obtain the biopsy.

After the biopsy, Kathleen drove me home and we relaxed the rest of the day.

March 12, 2012

I met with Manny, my orthopedist. He had the results of the Bone Scan and the CT Scan. The good news was that the Bone Scan showed no problems anywhere else in my skeleton other than the one we knew about in my right clavicle. The bad news was that the CT Scan showed that there was definitely something there and that a Bone Biopsy was necessary to find out was was in my clavicle. I met with Gaston, the radiologist who would take the biopsy. This was scheduled for 3/14.