I was declared in complete remission on Monday last. Deciding on a maintenance regimen took most of this past week’s brainpower, emotions, energy.
After much discussion, reading more studies than I care to cite, discussions with the doctor, I decided to go with Revlimid versus nothing.
Quick facts: myeloma time to remission=3-4 yrs.; Revlimid might add 25% to time to relapse; worst side effect is potential secondary cancer; no matter what I’ll be having another transplant when myeloma returns, which it will no matter what I do.
Then there’s the kicker, the bottom line: all this odds thrown out the window because NOBODY KNOWS what might happen either way!!!
Myeloma could return in 6 months or 15 years!!!
All I know is I’m shooting for 85 so I can see the grandkids grow up.