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Multiple Myeloma-Diagnostic Testing for Cholesterol

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As a long-term multiple myeloma survivor, I am on my own when it comes to managing my health. Evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, exercise, detox, bone health and mind-body therapies.

But I need a DIY diagnostic testing resource. To be honest, looking back at my MM diagnosis, I was too dependant on my oncologist. I should have been more independent in my thinking, my actions.

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I have been a survivor of multiple myeloma (MM) since 2/94. I haven’t seen my conventional oncologist since 2000. My last appointment with my onc ended with “there is nothing more we can do for you.”

I live with a variety of long-term and late stage side effects from my aggressive chemo, radiation and autologus bone marrow transplant during the years 1995-’97.I live with an increasing risk of both myeloma relapse as well as a treatement-related secondary cancer.

ED.NOTE- I was diagnosed with chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy in January of 2019. Had I known what to look for during an appointment with a cardiologist at the end of 2010, I would have seen that I was experiencing chemo-induced heart failure symptoms.

DIY blood testing has become central to managing my health. I don’t like to self-diagnose my health issues but my PCP has little understanding of the complex health issues that I have lived with since my cancer diagnosis and convention treatments in ’94, ’95 and ’96.

The values listed below are the the blood test results for my cholesterol levels.

While I encourage people to work with conventional medicine I have found that doctors I have talked to about my MM, side effects, etc. just can’t provide any sort of reliable therapy for me when it comes to my health. I try not to sound critical but there is little that conventional medicine can do for me at this stage of my life. There are few if any 25+ year multiple myeloma survivors out there to learn from.

To learn more about MM diagnostic blood testing or more about the evidence-based, non-toxic therapies that I undergo daily, weekly, etc. scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.


David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Cholesterol,            Total     176                              mg/dL                    100-199

LDL Cholesterol    Calc       118        High            mg/dL                    0-99

HDL Cholesterol                 42                                mg/dL                      >39
Triglycerides                        80                               mg/dL                       0-149

T. Chol/HDL Ratio            4.2 ratio                                                          units 0.0-5.0


Cholesterol,           Total      170                              mg/dL                      100-199

LDL Cholesterol   Calc       100        High           mg/dL                     0-99

HDL Cholesterol                 57                                 mg/dL                        >39

Triglycerides                        66                               mg/dL                         0-149

T. Chol/HDL Ratio           3.0 ratio                                                         units 0.0-5.0


Cholesterol,          Total     175                                mg/dL                         100-199

LDL Cholesterol  Calc       102          High          mg/dL                            0-99

HDL Cholesterol                51                                 mg/dL                             >39

Triglycerides                      110                                mg/dL                          0-149

T. Chol/HDL Ratio           3.4 ratio                                                           units 0.0-5.0


Cholesterol, Total             181                               mg/dL                         100-199

LDL Cholesterol  Calc      120           High         mg/dL                           0-99

HDL Cholesterol              43                                 mg/dL                           >39

T. Chol/HDL Ratio          4.2 ratio                                                            units 0.0-5.0


“…However, as today’s testing methods determine LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good”) cholesterol separately, this simplistic view has become somewhat outdated. The desirable LDL level is considered to be less than 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L),[73] although a newer upper limit of 70 mg/dL (1.8 mmol/L) can be considered in higher-risk individuals based on some of the above-mentioned trials. A ratio of total cholesterol to HDL—another useful measure—of far less than 5:1 is thought to be healthier.”


Leave a Comment:

Leslie says 9 years ago

Is there a blood test for and do you ever test your M protein levels?

    David Emerson says 9 years ago


    The blood test that I undergo to track m-protein levels is Serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP) blood test. This blood work must be ordered by my onc but I don’t need an appt with my onc to have my blood taken. Not a LabCorp test but relatively inexpensive.


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