Hey everyone it's been quite awhile!
So I searched through the post histories on this topic but couldn't find anything of note and figured I'd go ahead and start a new thread.
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with CML in the fall of 2009, and am currently doing really well on Sprycel. On Friday I got the word that my father most likely will also be diagnosed this week as well. He's been feeling fine, but got a CBC done last Wednesday during his regular checkup, which revealed his WBC to be at 173K. Thursday's imaging session showed some spleen enlargement as well, so the doctors were confident enough to hint at CML, but are still waiting on the results of a BCR/ABL and BMB to come back early this week for the final confirmation.
How is this possible?
I've always heard and read that CML is a random mutation, and there is no genetic link or hereditary predisposition to it. Have any of you heard of such a thing happening in two family members so closely related?
My family is taking the whole thing in both shock and stride. The thing is, we all feel like we've dealt with and conquered this already with *me*! While we're all sad at the news, there is still this optimistic sense of "better the devil you know than the devil you don't know".
Thanks for any information you find. I'll be sure and followup once we know more, but I am simply floored.
Wish you all peace and good health,