Thanks for your responses to my questions about interpreting the PCR reports.
I have more info -- and re-took blood test today (so should know more next week) - In the meantime, would appreciate feedback about the following #'s (specifically, the decrease from June to October
PCR = .7 at diagnosis -- September 2010
PCR = 0.0196 in January 2011 -- -- report says log decrease from lab median ratio:2:0 -- log change from patient's previous result: 1.6 decrease -- Question: Is 0.0196 -- a 1 log or two log reduction??
PCR = 0.00109 in April 2011 (missing full report -- just have the PCR #) -- assume this is 2 log????
PCR = 0.00055 in June 2011 -- report says log decrease from lab median ratio: 3:6 -- then says it is "unchanged" from patient's previous result (0.00109) -- confusing because I thought three zeros after the decimal indicated 3 log???
***PCR = 0.00868 in October 2011 report says log decrease from lab diagnostic median ratio: 2.4 -- log change from patient's previous result: 1.6 decrease
***Question -- report says changes of less than 0.5 - 0.7 are not significant -- so 1.6 decrease from previous findings is probably not lab error -Assuming this - could it be a sign that there are other mutations?? Or gleevec not working?? Or something else??
Thanks so much to everyone