I received my latest 3 month PCR test result:
No change from 3 months ago ... bcr-able is the same as before...bummer.
I was hoping for a renewed trend downward. I'm still MMR so Dr. Cortes response was - you can stay the course - you're fine. However ...
I take 20mg. Sprycel + 8grams Curcumin. I believe the Curcumin is helping me get this low detectable result on only 20mg Sprycel, but it seems in order for me to get CML to resume a decrease, I have to do something else.
Here's the good news that I think will have interest on this forum. Dr. Cortes wants to put me into a trial to test eradication of the CML stem cell (LSC). This would be done in addition to taking Sprycel (and the Curcumin). He says there is evidence they may have a combo medication that works with the TKI (in my case Sprycel) to attack both the progenitor cells and the LSC compartment. The two work together. I would be tracked (with PCR tests). I meet next week with him to arrange.
I could also increase my Sprycel dose (he relented and will let me try that if I want) - but thinks that this new approach is worth a try. The benefit of the two drug approach is that if it works, I will see an immediate drop in residual PCR from where it is now. It is anticipated I would go PCRU fast. Once that happens, I would be taken off all drugs to test for relapse. The goal is that if the LSC's are gone I would have no relapse. This is called cure.