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Resistance lowered on Gleevec?

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#1 Tenderheart


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:09 AM

Is your resistance to every bug that comes along lowered when on Gleevec?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:24 AM

Just after diagnosis there could be mildly reduced resistance as the leukemic cells are rapidly killed off and the good WBCs are ramping up.  But after that, no.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:24 PM

Speaking from personal experience, what Trey says was true for me.

After 2 months of treatment my wbc and anc count was pretty low, and i got a bad throat infection, and had to go on antibiotics.

I have not had any problems after that (knock on wood), even have 2 small children in kindergarten who brings home all kinds of "stuff", but i haven`t caught any of it After 6 months wbc and anc are now in the normal range.

This is just my experience, and i know some people suffer from low wbc counts after long term use of tki`s.

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