Posted 29 December 2017 - 11:12 AM
I have been tested virtually every 6 weeks because of multiple dose reductions (see signature) over the past 6 months. With 3 successive PCRU's (called "negative" at Mayo), my oncologist said that I could go to every 6 months unless I wanted to do a cessation trial at then end of my first 2 years of treatment. I told him that I did and he said he would like to test every 3 months between now and the beginning of the cessation trial in order to get a consistent recurring pattern of PCR's. I must maintain better than MR 4.5 on all these PCR's in order for him to supervise the cessation. Given how accommodating he has been on allowing dose reductions (from 600 mg to 150 mg in 6 months), I decided not to debate the value of what amounts to one extra PCR test in the next 6 months.
I am unbelievably grateful for my response and that it has improved and held on this current low dose. Side effects are not completely gone, but are worlds better than they were 5 - 6 months ago. I am able to live a pretty normal life and that in and of itself is such a blessing.
Happy New Year to you all.
Dx 9/26/16 WBC 28800; platelets 749; FISH 97% PCR 43%
Tasigna 600MG per day
October 2016 PCR 22% IS
November 2016 PCR 5.8% IS
December 2016 PCR 0.1% IS MMR!!
March 10, 2017 PCR 0.006% IS MR 4.22
Tasigna 450MG per day
April 5, 2017 PCR <.003% IS
June 5, 2017 PCR <.003% IS (dose reduction validated!!!)
Tasigna 300MG per day starting June 15, 2017
6-day drug break starting June 20, 2017 due to multiple AE's
July 24, 2017 PCR <.003% IS
September 18, 2017 Negative, AKA PCRU
Tasigna 150mg per day starting 9/18/17
October 30, 2017 Negative
December 11, 2017 Negative