Jewish Health

David - Interview 26

Male
Age at interview: 66

Brief outline: David was diagnosed with multiple myeloma three years ago. He underwent chemotherapy and stem cell replacement therapy.

Background: David is a retired company director. He is married with two grown up children. Ethnic background/nationality: White British

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David was diagnosed with multiple myeloma after experiencing back pain. He underwent chemotherapy (VAD) while in hospital then had a series of chemotherapy at home. After a gap of a few weeks, David underwent stem cell replacement therapy. This course of treatment kept the myeloma in remission for just over two years. During this time his paraprotein levels were checked every three months and once the levels began to rise, David knew he would have to repeat the treatment. The myeloma caused fractures and difficulties with his vertebrae and these have been largely resolved through vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.
 

David has been impressed by the doctors who have treated him and other than his shock at the procedure to insert the hickman line, feels he has been kept well informed. He recommends the support group, Myeloma UK who run conferences in different parts of the UK and organise meetings where people can share their experiences. Having myeloma has encouraged David and his wife to be more active rather than relaxing and letting things happen. 

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