i was diagnosed on Sept. 7 with CML (confirmed on Sept. 15). i had a substantial delay in starting on gleevec related to my insurance company fooling around. eventually, novartis started providing it for free. i've been seeing a local oncologist, who is not a specialist, but have now decided, partly based on how high of counts i have to see a CML specialist. i'm looking primarily at going to John Hopkins, but wanted to know if anyone knew of any specialists in CML in the Raleigh, NC area? i know there are none in south dakota, and my sister lives in raleigh, so i'd be able to stay with her there.
i decided i needed to see a specialist because when i was diagnosed my WBC was 320,000 (actually the first day it was over 340,000 when they did the count at the GPs office that set this trainwreck in motion) and my spleen was enlarged over 20 cm. (it was at 20 cm 2 weeks after Dx after lots of hydrea, the onc. didn't bother to measure before that). i was removed from the hydrea and after two weeks. then the (stupid) onc. left me off of everything for 2 weeks. my WBC was 57,000 when removed and two weeks later when i insisted on a blood draw because of the delay in receiving Gleevec, it was up to 88,000. i am generally uncomfortable with the guy and have actually decided that if possible i will have my GP coordinate my care once i see the specialist. don't know if this is the best idea of not, i guess i'll bounce the idea off the onc. my GP has already agreed.