I was diagnosed in February 2014, and started Gleevec 400 then. It went swell. There were minor side effects for the first three months, then nothing at all except maybe bags under my eyes, and who cares about that. Meanwhile, my numbers looked good, dropping to 0.03. Then 4 months later it went up to 0.5, then one month later to 0.7, then two months later to 0.6. I assume these last numbers (0.5, 0.7, 0.6) are essentially the same and I've just plateaued.
My oncologist decided to increase my dosage to Gleevec 600. (Just as Trey predicted he would, by the way). I am not moving to a different TKI because I have heart problems.
Has anybody else been in this position? Should I expect to see my numbers drop again? Should I expect to see side effects at this dosage, even though I did not see them at previous dosages? I'm a little concerned because I can't move to any other drug.
I'd appreciate any advice I can get.