I've not been on this site for a couple of years but thought I'd check in and conpare some notes. I was diagnosed 3/06 with CML and on Gleevec since.
2/11 I got iron deficiency anemia and eventually was diagnosed with GAVE (gastric antral vascular ectasia) which is a chronic GI bleeding problem which caused a hospitalization.
MG GI doctor said it's a rare and mysterious disease that that don't know much about and have no idea why I got it.
I've started having cauterizations which will be done periodically for life to control blood loss. (1st 10/31...2nd 2/1 which is 3 months.
I read that abdominal bleeding as well as GI perferations are another side effect. Notice that the list not only gets longer but more serious conditions surfacing?
My questions for you guys are:
1) Has anybody else been diagnosed with GAVE?
2) If so, did you have a discussion about increased risks of perferations while tools and lasers are inserted into the GI system?
Will it get worse if Gleevec is continued? (Assuming it could be Gleevec causing it.)
Would appreciate any help or ideas on these subjects.