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Before and After Chemo with Immunotherapy

Six months back, the patient X had a heart attack and was taken to a private hospital with the hb count as low as 5.4 g/dL. He was given 2 units of blood in ER. After all the tests proved persistent low hb, he was tested for Multiple Myeloma. The bone marrow biopsy and blood tests came positive and Dr. Varadarajan insisted on treating him immediately.

This Doctor is the most humane and transparent Doctor who goes with the facts and blood results and makes no fuss about the disease. His expertise comes with experience. In his late sixties, he is the most wanted Doctor who treats blood related disorders. The following image shows the m-spike that indicates the deadly disease.

The family and the patient’s cooperation was much needed. During the first chemo, the patient acquired severe Pneumonia and was treated with heavy antibiotics. It was a hard time for the patient who lost hope due to severe body pain and distress including anxiety and depression. After the second chemotherapy, the test results showed promising results as his body was responding to the chemo and immunotherapy, the hb rose to a considerable count.

While undergoing chemotherapy, the WBC count goes too low in turn makes the patient vulnerable to any infection that becomes uncontrollable and severe. The patient X, after 3rd chemo got dehydrated due to dysentery as his immunity was compromised.

Chemotherapy is not dangerous but the side effects are indeed fatal if not treated immediately. Based on the schedule, the patient completed six cycles of chemotherapy along with the immunotherapy. His hb is 13.6 g/dL. The following image shows the monoclonal peak missing.

The attendees or the family that takes care of the patient must be very vigilant and careful in providing food that is hot and fresh. The patient will experience mood swings and drive others crazy. The family must be in a position to tolerate the unexpected. It’s a very costly disease. One should be ready to burn their purse as each cycle would minimum cost a lakh. No money, no life. The modern medicines are amazing and I don’t think all could afford the treatment as money is not only the requirement but care taking and love is most needed.

  • please bear with my non medical language as I am not a doctor.

Kavitha Patchamalai