I was diagnosed with CML in September, 2013 and have been on Gleevec 400 the entire time.
My first few tests (Dx, 6 weeks and 3 months) were done at one particular lab, then the following tests every 3 months through March, 2015 were done at a second lab due to Insurance coverage problems. But my last test was done at the original lab because my Onc prefers that lab and my new insurance will cover the lab. Anyway... the test results at the 2 labs are given differently.
Lab 1 gives results as IS % and BCR-ABL1/ABL1 Ratio.
Lab 2 only gives BCR-ABL1/ABL1 % (IS)
Lab 1 Results: 9/29/13 IS % 26.5% BCR-ABL1/ABL1 Ratio 0.5200
11/25/13 IS % 22.9% BCR-ABL1/ABL1 Ratio 0.3068
1/3/14 IS % 11.23% BCR-ABL1/ABL1 Ratio 0.082
Lab 2 Results: 3/24/14 BCR-ABL1/ABL1 Ratio (IS) 0.312
8/4/14 BCR-ABL1/ABL1 Ratio (IS) 0.213
10/22/14 BCR-ABL1/ABL1 Ratio (IS) 0.237
3/16/15 BCR-ABL1/ABL1 Ratio (IS) 0.159
Lab 1 Results: 6/29/15 IS % 0.58% BCR-ABL1/ABL1 Ratio 0.00512
It also stated on the latest report: that MMR had not been achieved. Does that mean that
the ratio is not considered for MMR only the total percentage? It was also 48 hours from blood draw to testing and the report stated that the sample was suboptimal. My Onc is in Fairbanks, AK and the blood has to be sent to Seattle, WA for testing.
Here I was thinking in March at 18 months I was very close to MMR only to have the latest test
tell me I wasn't there yet. I am confused and disappointed.
My next appointment is on September 22. What should I ask my Onc about the test and should I be concerned?