Posted 03 August 2016 - 05:20 PM
Mike, thanks for this. I've stashed it in my bookmarks in order to refer to it often. So many studies now! I can remember when there were only 3 or 4 going on, total. It's all too much to remember, so this is a big help. So many ideas have changed since I began this 7 years ago, and I know there are plenty of people who can remember back much farther. I get so antsy sometimes - I want this monkey off my back! I used to be so scared and sick that all I focused on was making it to MMR. But now I'm greedy and impatient for a cure. I want to be in that cohort that gets to try cessation. And then I want TFR and then I want a real cure. I wish "they" would HURRY UP!!!!!!
Dx July 2009 on routine physical. WBC 94. Started Gleevec 400 mg Sept 2009. MMR at 2yrs. Side effects (malaise, depression/anxiety, fatigue, nausea, periorbital edema) never improved. Kidney issues developed because of Gleevec. Switched to Sprycel 70 mg in Aug 2011. Above side effects disappeared or improved. Have been MR3.5 - 4.5 ever since. Two untreated pleural effusions followed by one treated by stopping Sprycel Jan 2017. After 9 weeks, PCR showed loss of MMR; re-started Sprycel at 50 mg and in 3 months was back to <0.01% IS. Pleural effusion returned within a couple of months, same as before (moderate, left side only). Stopped Sprycel 50 mg for 12 weeks; pleural effusion resolved. At about a monthoff the drug, PCR was 0.03; at 11 weeks it was 2.06 - lost CCyR? Have returned to 50 mg Sprycel for 3 weeks, intending to reduce to 20 mg going forward.