Posted 15 October 2015 - 10:48 AM
I agree. Sometimes it just takes a while for the Dr to get a good feel for what is "normal" for each of their patients, by building history and data. I've had low counts since dx and starting TKI's back in 2009. Been through many transfusions, nuepogen shots, and antibiotics. For years, I had to get weekly labs and still do most the time. Once a month labs now seem too long and kinda scary but so nice. My arms look like I'm a drug addict. He,he... Guess I am with my TKI.
Regardless, now the only time we do transfusions is when my HBG is below 7.5; and shots when my ANC are below 0.5. We don't bother with antibiotics unless I actually have symptoms. These numbers work for me, but may not for someone else. Only time will tell what your body will tolerate. This is all brought on by the TKI, not the CML, but you have to find a balance between enough TKI to control the CML and still maintain the side effects to a livable quality of life. It takes a while, but don't worry, eventually you level out to what's normal for you. Hang in there!
Dx - 05/2011; PCR: 15.04; Fish: 87% Slow responder due to pancytopenia. Current - Bosulif - Nov: 2012, Mar 2016 lowered to 300 mg. 07/16 back to 400 mg. Clinical trial drug, Promacta, Feb 2013, for low Platelets.
CyCR - Aug 2014, Positive for 1 chromosome Sep 2015. PCR: 12.77 in Oct, 2012 to 0.04 (MDA) in Mar, 2016. 4/2016 - 0.126 (Local lab (IS); 05/2016 - 0.195 (local); 6/2016 - 0.07 (MDA); 7/2016 - 0.03 (local) 9/13/2016 - 0.16 (MDA); 9/26/2016 - 0.31 (MDA); 11/2016 - 0.012 (local); 01/2017 - 0.24 (MDA); 04/2017 - 0.09 (MDA); Cytogenetics show der(1:7)(q10;p10)7 chromosome mutation. Repeat of Sep 2015. PCR - 6/2017- 0.035 (local); 10/2017- 0.02 (MDA)