Monday, November 1, 2010
Well today was a weird day. I had my 18 month checkup and it went ok. While my counts remain stable, my genetic testing is not where he would like it at this point. So, we have decided to stop Gleevec and go onto a new, better medication called Sprycel. From all the reading, this is superior to Gleevec in many ways and will likely become the primary treatment for many patients soon. I am a bit apprehensive since I am now one step closer to the dreaded Bone Marrow Transplant, but still a long ways off. Chrissy did not handle the news well at first. Since I have read up on all these medications, I was aware that the new medication can cause a cardiac condition known as Long QT syndrome. When I brought that up to the doctor, she became upset. They ran an EKG to make sure I am not at risk, and I will start sometime this week!