Mom (nearly 81) is showing a positive test resurgence for her CML, and the doctor wants to put her back on meds after remission for a few years. She's very sensitive to meds of any kind. She was on Tasigna, but had vascular complications and can not take that again.
Last month he gave her imatinib and she swelled up and was also very sick. She had almost constant diarreah for a month. She was getting dizzy and some other things so he had to take her off. She could not even tolerate her dose being halved. She was also really out of it.
So now he wants to start her on Sprycel just at the bottom low dose of 20 (20 what I'm not exactly sure). I'm so worried that she will not be able to tolerate anything.
She is taking a water pill but she hates that. She's keeping it for now.
Am I correct in understanding that, disregarding the vascular side effects of Tasigna which prevent her from taking it, all the other drugs are worse for general side effects? Is there anything she might be able to take that is not so horrible?