My doctor has just told me that I will likely only be having a PCR test once every 12 months (as that is what is required to confirm response to the Gleevec). My understanding of this, is that it is way (way) too infrequent, as everything I've read suggests testing by PCR every 3 months to detect earlier any loss of response at the molecular level. My doctor also said that any problems with the Gleevec will show up in my blood tests, and these will be done every 3 months instead of PCR testing. Is that even true?? I thought that problems in the molecular testing would show up much earlier than the blood testing and that it was important to switch drugs early if this happens so the CML cells have less time to mutate etc.
I'm not happy about this, as it seems like it's not following the correct (or even just the safest!) protocol and I can't work out why it is being recommended to me - except that I'm in Australia and that our testing may be different here. It's gotten me really worried though.