I'm new, and instead of creeping around and remaining silent, I decided to fight my instincts, and introduce myself.
I was diagnosed with CML at 33 years old, just over a year ago on 4/4/14 with a WBC of 518,000. I had a hugely swollen spleen, and was hospitalized for a week, underwent leukapheresis, and was started on Gleevec 400mg. I responded well to Gleevec for over 6 months, but at my oncology appointment on 2/06/2015, my bcr-abl had spiked from 6.8% (09/29/14) to 46% (1/29/15).
I was switched to Sprycel about 6 weeks ago, and had blood drawn last Friday for my appointment on 4/10/15. No results yet.
As far as I know my doctor has not tested me for mutations, I've never had a bmb or bma, and when I asked him what if Sprycel doesn't work well for me, he said, "Oh we'll try another TKI, there are lots of them."
Question: How does one go about getting a second opinion? Do I need one? I am currently with a small medical group, where there are only 4 oncologists to choose from, (2 are hematologists), and all of them are colleagues. Do I need to go out of network? Contact my insurance company? Has anyone else gone through this process?