I, like everyone else here, had to have a BMB at diagnosis to confirm the Ph+ chromosome. But my onc told me on my first follow-up, which I later discovered here too when I first began posting, was that peripheral blood is now the norm for follow-up FISH and PCR testing since the tests are good enough to detect leukemia in the blood.
My question is: why is there a difference? It would seem to me that if they needed to check the marrow to confirm at dx, they would need to check the marrow for overall progress. I'm just curious to this as I will be getting a FISH and/or PCR done in August at my 6 month follow-up.