Week 5 with No TKI results:
WBC: 1.9 (last week: WBC: 1.8)
ANC: 0.53 (last week ANC: 0.33)
PLT: 195 (last week PLT: 185) <----this is great news
Red Cells: no change (a tiny bit higher)
From my week 4 post:
(Tomorrow, I go in for another CBC. I expect to find that my ANC is higher. How much higher...maybe 0.6. WBC = maybe 1.8 -2.2 (I'll report what it is and we can see if my guess is correct). What I care most about are my Platelets. If they are still normal - then I believe something fundamental is going on in my marrow to keep CML in check (just a guess - no data yet).)
I do believe something very interesting is going on here. According to Dr. Cortes, my recovery response since stopping Sprycel is identical to what he sees following Stem cell transplant. I think they will finally let me have a FISH/PCR to see what the bcr-abl is doing - but I have a gut feeling that my bone marrow is transforming. Call it wild thinking - but I have a suspicion that my NK & T-cells have figured this out and are attacking the residual leukemic cells. I really believe this is happening - albeit with no data until FISH/PCR. But I don't believe that a high percentage of leukemic cells without TKI pressure would not cause my cell counts to rise much much faster than this. And the platelets should have been through the roof.
This is way cool.
o.k. - Trey - I'm dreamin', but it feels good. I can live with 70 mg. Sprycel for two weeks and then go on TKI holiday for 3 months.