Diagnosed two years ago, up to June showed significant improvement. Quantitative RT-PCR is showing an increase trend in BCR/ABL. July 1, .19%; Sept 1, .72%; November 1, 1.24%. Normal Nuclei 100%.
I was on Gleevec upon diagnosis, for four months; it was unable to control the Platelettes and WBC counts, Tasigna caused irregular EKG's therefore Sprycel was prescribed in July 2010. I hit normal plate, wbc, rbc in August of 2010 with very little side effects! A few weeks ago, I had excrutiating bone pain and called oncologist. He ran an MRI and took me off Sprycel temporarily. Upon the recent increase from the PCR, he is suggesting a transplant.
I am 33 years old, my sister has a perfect HLA match and my brother is 50%. I am a mother of four, eldest will graduate high school in June of 2012. I have asked to exhaust all options prior to transplant, he noted that we kind of already have, yet promised to look into trials! I work full time on top of being a very active Mom, I worry about the recovery time!
What would you do? I am so AFRAID of a BMT for some odd reason. I guess more afraid of the unknown.