For the first time since I started Iclusig, or Ponatinib, nearly three years ago, I have surpassed a milestone. My latest PCR test result was under 1% (0.56% to be exact). Fluke? Progress? Who knows. It is certainly not a trend yet, but I will take any good news I can get at this point.
Some of you may recall I was diagnosed with a couple of blocked arteries on the same day in November 2016 that I celebrated my 10-year cancerversary. I know, some celebration. I never expected to get a PCR test as favorable as the one this month, given my heart issues.
Being the inquisitive one, I wonder what prompted this improved response. Was it the clearing of those arteries with stents in November and December which resulted in improved blood flow that somehow aided the absorption of the Iclusig? Was it my improved nutrition, including eliminating any alcohol other than an occasional sip of red wine? Was it my cardiac rehabilitation program, in which I exercise vigorously a couple of times of week (versus my historically sedentary lifestyle)? Or none of the above?
I am curious as to what Trey and Scuba think (as well as the rest of you).
Perplexed (but happy) in Dallas.
(Started Iclusig, or Ponatinib, on April 7, 2014)
Wayne's Progress BCR/ABL (IS Scale)
April 2, 2014 56.6 %
July 3, 2014 16.3 %
Oct. 3, 2014 54.9 %
Oct. 17, 2014 10.7 %
Nov. 24, 2014 12.95 %
Feb. 17, 2015 10.85 %
April 30, 2015 8.37 %
Aug. 11, 2015 1.46 %
Nov. 16, 2015 4.03 %
Feb. 18, 2016 3.84%
May 26, 2016 3.11%
Aug. 25, 2016 3.53%
Nov. 29, 2016 4.35%
March 1, 2017 0.56%