I’m having a blood test (SPEP) today to prequalify me for a clinical trial being conducted at Wake Forest (Revimid + dex vs placebo + dex). This ended up being a rush, because the drug company (Celgene) faxed them yesterday to tell them they were going to close down enrollment on the 17th (next week). I thought I had a little more time to think about it. In order for me to be allowed to participate, I need to have an m-spike of .5 or greater. The last time I had it tested was October, and I had 2 m-spikes: .2 and .3. Ideally, I want my m-spikes to be lower! I would be disqualified for the study, but that’s fine. If it is higher though, I want to participate.
I can’t take thalidomide anymore because I don’t want the nerve damage to get any worse than it already is. Thalidomide and dex have allowed my MM to be stable, after a significant initial impact on my monoclonal protein. I’m in my 12th month of taking thalidomide now. I can always go back to it later if I need it.