Apr 14, 2002 - 4:32 pm
My husband (48) was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in January of this year. He has stage III. They are wanting to place a hickman cath tomorrow and start him on VAD treatment. He previously was taking the chemo pills. He has a 45% retraction rate as far as his heart and his lung capacity is only 52%. They then want to do the stem cell transplant next month. Has any one been through this or has any knowledge as to the effects and outcome when you already have two organs not working as well as they should!! The doctors tell us that is they would have done all of this the end of January as planned, he would be gone now! He had CHF the end of January!! Now they say we need to just take the chance - hoping that it prolongs his life!!