Thanks, Trey, for the IRIS info at 8 years. I do hope the data will show someday that patients continue downward on their PCRs as they approach and leave behind the 10-year mark.
I have another question today for everybody. If I'm going to have to sit around for a hundred more years taking the darned TKI, then I've got to do something about this overwhelming fatigue, which is all bound up with depression and anxiety. I've done my best to battle the depression as if it were a separate item, but in latter years I've come to realize the fatigue is more a factor than ever in "ruining" my life. I went to Google and found an anecdotal article by a pediatrician who had chemo for a cancer other than CML and who turned to the psychostimulants that he was familiar with in treating his ADHD patients. He felt that he had been mightily helped. I wonder if anyone has tried this? And, is it being studied in CML? I am super reluctant to go down this road, but I am sort of desperate. Naturally, every one of the myriad specialists I see for all my broken systems will be consulted first. Just wondered what y'all know.
Like the pediatrician, I have been through the checklist: no hypothryoidism, anemia is so slight as to be a non-factor, Vitamin D is high enough, nutrition is fine, etc. I've had therapy for depression, but it's true I haven't taken any meds for it, so MAYBE there's a hole. Exercise, pacing myself, naps, lowered expectations - all have been tried and although useful in themselves, have not laid a glove on the fatigue. The data on the psychostimulants in cancer-related fatigue are not so hot - it seems not much better than placebo. Still, I'm wondering. What do you think and/or know?