These blood tests are to monitor the disease and ensure that treatment is working effectively.
|Art Glass from Monterey Bay Aquarium|
photo taken by Elizabeth Munroz
That is when I was told I have leukemia. After that, the bone marrow biopsy was done and it verified that I have CML for sure.
Before I started the chemo pill, my blood test was run again. This time the white cells had quickly raised up to 51,000. Alarming to say the least.
I've been taking the chemo pill daily for a few weeks. Now I have what is called hematological response which shows how well the treatment is normalizing my white blood cell count. Complete hematologic response is normal white blood cell and platelet counts, no blasts in the peripheral blood, and less than 5% myelocytes and metamyelocytes in the blood.
It is now my understanding that a cytogenetic response is the next thing to be looked for to verify there is a response inside the bone marrow. But, I wont have that information until I get my next bone marrow biopsy. I was told that would happen in about six months. Just because the blood looks normal doesn't mean it's normal deeper within.