it seemed to take an inordinate amount of time for me to receive the result back from my last PCR test
my anxiety increased so at my request my Onc was going to contact the testing lab in the a.m.
the result finally showed up the a.m. 11 days after my blood draw
it was all good news .... PCRU after being on a decreased Gleevec dosage for 6 weeks
but after having read countless accounts here of testing problems that got me thinking
when was the sample tested relative to the blood draw
I contacted my Onc relaying:
An all too common occurrence among the LLS forum CML patients is having to retest due to the blood sample not being processed in time.
Posted by Trey: "A PCR should ideally be run within 24 - 36 hours of blood draw. Most labs will process the samples up to 72 hours after drawn. Freezing works well, but most labs will not allow frozen samples. If stabilization chemical is being added to your sample the timeline can be extended. The report takes longer than the specimen processing, so you want to know how old the sample is when processed.
What does the lab consider to be acceptable timelines for PCR processing, what days do they perform the PCR test.
Here is the instruction that our genetics lab has given to the lab staff:
DRAW blood SUNDAY through THURSDAY ONLY. Keep Blood on cold/blue pack (preferable) or WET ice (DO NOT FREEZE). Send to reach Genetics Lab within 48 hours of blood draw.
so now the only question is:
once the testing lab receives the sample, how long before they process it?
fortunately I know the Kaiser blood lab sends samples to the testing lab every day but it's still better to donate in the morning so it gets to the testing lab the same day.. traffic here quickly becomes atrocious starting at 2:30p.m. and the testing lab is on the other side of town, 20 miles away. .. visualize creeping stop and go traffic on the freeway