I've been seeing Dr Kantarjian at MD Anderson since my diagnosis in mid-April. In looking at my results online, it looks like I had a PCR test done on April 18th and then a month later on May 23rd (after being on Tasigna for 4 weeks). A lot of people on here talk about specific percentages and numbers, but both times the results have just said the percentage is greater than 100 (see below).
REAL TIME BCR INTERP PB
A b2a2 BCR-ABL fusion transcript coding for the 210kDa BCR-ABL protein is
detected by real-time PCR.
The percentage of BCR-ABL to ABL transcripts is greater than 100.
COMMENT: Quantitative real-time PCR analysis performed on RNA from this
sample for the BCR-ABL fusion transcript resulting from the t(9;22) in
leukemia. BCR-ABL and ABL transcript levels are detected simultaneously
and quantitative results expressed as the ratio of BCR-ABL to ABL levels.
This ratio may vary up to one-log because of methodological reasons. As
of 8/2/07, the assay has shifted to a new platform.
Why would the report not be more specific? Before I saw some of these results I asked Dr. Kantarjian about PCR and he says that is generally done a bit later. I have my 3 month checkup next week where I get another BMA and see the doctor, so I can ask him then, but wanted to hear if any of you had thoughts on this.