I had an appt. with my oncologist today to receive the results from my first PCR test, which was taken within days of my 1-year mark. It stated that I was at "0.9%, which is the equivalent of 2.4% on the internation scale in which 0.1% (on the international scale) is considered a major molecular response." I have a couple questions that I should have asked the doc, but I didn't think of them until I was driving home.
My questions are:
• Am I CCyR at the moment? I'm pretty sure that 0% on a FISH scale would be consider CCyR, but I'm not aware of what CCyR is on the PCR scale.
• Are my results as expected for a patient who has been on Gleevec for one year?
For the sake of clarity, I'll include my previous test results:
FISH results upon diagnosis: 98%
FISH after 3 months: 85% (I was worried)
FISH after 4 months: 45% or so
FISH after 5 months: 25% or so
FISH after 6 months: 11%
FISH after 9 months: 4%
PCR results after 12 months: 0.9 / 2.4%