Lisa Considine

Lisa Considine

Diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2007

After battling fatigue and several viruses that she just couldn’t seem to shake, 56-year-old Lisa Considine’s husband insisted that she see the doctor. Tests indicated she had renal failure and was immediately admitted to the hospital. Blood work and a bone marrow biopsy confirmed her healthcare team’s suspicions that she had multiple myeloma. Lisa was informed that her disease was very aggressive and that she needed to undergo chemotherapy right away. After a week in the hospital, treatment was continued to prepare her for a stem cell transplant. The transplant was on April 25, 2008. In August, she had another bone marrow biopsy, had a complete response and a few months later went on maintenance therapy of Velcade, Thalidomide, and Dexamethasone (VTD). Lisa experienced severe neuropathy and she still sees an acupuncturist regularly to treat it.  In November of 2010, she started Revlimid maintenance orally. Lisa goes in every four weeks to get blood drawn, takes Zometa for her bones and receives IVIG as needed. She is an associate vice president of fundraising at the City of Hope.

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Page last updated on April 28, 2011