I was diagnosed in June 2010. I started on gleevec and was a rapid responder I was Basically pcru in 11 months. After a year of being undetectable I switched to Sprycel due to side effects. I had significant muscle pain, fatigue, and brain fog.
I switched to Sprycel 100 mg and continued to be pcru. I started having chest pains on Sprycel and asked dr to lower dose. She said no so I went and found a dr who said yes. Went to 50 and was still pcru dr started to increase wanted to go to 80mg but I didn't want to so we stayed at 50 mg. then I lost pcru. My numbers started to climb. I increased to 70 and they dropped to almost pcru. Then they started to climb again. Last two PCR were increase from .0034 to .009. I went back to 100mg two months ago and my PCR from the other day increased to .013. I am now less than a 4 log reduction. Despite increasing dose to 100 I have had a 1 log increase in 6 mo. I have to repeat PCR I'm a few weeks and see what happens. If it doesn't drop we are going to do another BMB
The last BMB from when I first lost pcru showed nothing on mutation analysis or cytogenetic changes.
I feel like such a fool. I was doing so well and I heard about how so many people were lowering their dose and doing so well. My first dr warned me about resistance and possible mutation with lower dose but I didn't listen. Now I don't know what is going to happen if we can't stop this increase.
My wife made a comment last night when we talking about her friend who is going through testing for cancer very likely she has a serious one. She made the comment that she shouldn't look at 5 year survival rates because for cml when she first looked it up it said I would only survive 3-5 years and that was old information and I was doing fine. I hit 4 years in June not so sure about that 5 years anymore.
I hate this life, I hate this disease, and I hate that I am so stupid as to think I was going to out smart it.
How many times did I day cml is a dumb disease, it's so simple and predictable. Now who's the dummy? Clearly I am.