i told my dr 14 months ago that i had a right lung pleural effusion (pe).
(i have/had been take 100mg sprycel for about 4.5 years, interrupting about a month ago.)
i gave the dr the report noting a moderate pleural effusion.
they did nothing.
6-7 months later i delivered to dr another, new, report saying the pe was now large.
(the dr who found the large pe said i must call drs right away.)
my cml dr office said they would do nothing. then my every 3 month appt, 1 week later, they repeated, if i have problem go to ER.
i saw a pulmonary dr on my own and had thoracentesis (1000ml removed), another 4 months later.
now at another cml dr for second opinion and follow up.
i told him that i discontinued sprycel myself. dasatinib + pe protocols are all over internet.
he said i was right to interrupt.
he gave me steroid and lasix and in two weeks to go to 50mg sprycel.
i said case studies suggest pe will return, how about another drug? he said no, this is standard.
i say: yeah but. i don’t want a permanent routine of chest xrays and thoracentisises. this is probably no choice for me.
i did ask: at what point would/do you interrupt sprycel if pe shows up? because other dr did nothing. i NEED to know if i should have interrupted sprycel on my own sooner.
he says impossible to answer. <— this is why i write. WHAT?!!!
baloney. what is your/dr experience then?
i await answer.
ps. what is best cml hospital in america?