Let me know if this weekly update is getting old. I thought you all would like to track the data along with me during this strange trip.
Today - I had blood drawn at M.D. Anderson. Dr. Cortes could not believe my last week FISH level coupled with my stem cell transplant-like recovery from myelosuppression. As some of you know, M.D. Anderson is pretty much a factory. Park on the 5th floor because there is no parking anywhere else, line up, give blood, maybe leave.
Dr. Cortes wrote back and told me my ANC = 0.86. Last week it was 0.85 (different location, but similar machine measure). Essentially no change week to week. Red blood and platelets are normal.
M.D. Anderson did draw for FISH and PCR again. Dr. Cortes wanted to re-verify the numbers and also look at other things. They took a lot of blood today.
In his words, "I am very interested to see what our lab's FISH and PCR show". He absolutely does not want to "stim" me and wants to follow this more closely.
I get to stay off Dasatinib one more week at least if not longer.
I feel great. My energy is back up (more so this last week than before) and I can't believe that I have any disease. I can't go Scuba diving yet because my ANC is below 1.0; but am getting close. And any hint of mouth sores, dry mouth, etc. are gone. And to think I gave up wine for Lent ... well sort of.
Trey: I have CML - no delusion here. But I believe that my body is fighting it somehow, triggered by Sprycel in a remarkable turn of events 8 weeks ago. Perhaps I can have a year free of it without TKI (i.e. bcr-abl keep dropping on their own), but it does not seem that our bodies have zero defense when we develop CML. I believe M.D. Anderson wants to look at the protein complement on the T-cell; NK-cell side of things. I may become a cell donor for that. How convenient I live in Houston.
What a puzzle this is. Zero FISH with significant bcr-abl transcripts present along with very slow WBC production is strange. I am very curious if M.D. Anderson's FISH is zero. I don't think so. I believe it will be close though. I'm more interested if PCR is dropping.