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rick Says:

I have been in remission for three years during my last dr. apt. I was told I my blood test came back a little anemic but not to worry and continue treatment wiht 400 mg. Gleevec daily, any one else run into this

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Verwon Says:

Gleevec can cause anemia, in some people that use it, but there is generally no reason to worry, unless it becomes severe.

Did your doctor tell you the specific level?

You also may want to ask why type of test they did, as the visual ones that just look at the color of the blood aren't the most accurate, because colors are a matter of perception.


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Richard Says:

Hi. I have been on Glivec (as gleevec is called in UK) for 11 years for CML. My blood results indicate the lowest measurable amount of nasty white blood cells (0.002%, which must mean that there are billions of them floating about in my body. I am not a suitable candidate for Bone Marrow Transplant, as I have Ischaemic Heart Disease (heart attack, CABGx4 24 years ago, then 3 more heart attacks, then lots of stents). I also have pernicious anaemia, hypothyroidism, depression, and recently bilateral sciatica. I went to a hospital to try to have the operation to relieve the symptoms of sciatica, and they phoned me up today to tell me I have anaemia. Simple to alleviate: just take two "iron" pills a day. What is the problem?

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