Are the BCR/ABL blood test and the FISH test the same thing or are they each looking for for something different. I have had CML for 2 years this month and am be treated with 400 mg Gleevec. When I had my blood drawn today the tech checked and my Onc hasn't ordered a FISH test for at least a year only the BCR/ACL. I also found out the lab they send it it to is intergrated Oncology formerly Labcorp and Genzyme. Any Thoughts on this lab? Also I learned that the blood sat in the lab for at least 5 hours unrefridgerated waiting for a patholygist to review it before sending it out will that effect the test results? He tells me I am in remission even though my white counts have never dropped below 15.0 to 16,000.
Also my last 2 CBC's show I am Anemic yet he is not treating it. Are any of you being treated for the anemia? Are any of you being treated for the edema with a water pill as mine is really bad. He pretty much blows off my side effects of the gleevec. The problem is both effect your breathing and I already had COPD and since I have been on the gleevec I had to go on O2. TIA you all have been really helpful. Its clear I know very little about my illness shame on me but honestly the denial was working for me for a long time not so much any more. I am just sick and tired of beoing sick and tired.