What is the importance of the three month milestone monitoring visit?

FAQ Library  published on October 9, 2015
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What is the importance of the three month milestone monitoring visit?

Once you start a patient on a TKI for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia, you want to monitor them very closely. There are several studies that show that patients who are monitored every 3 months during the first 2 years have better outcomes. During that first important milestone at 3 months, we want to see that the PCR has dropped below 10% on the international scale. Why do we pick 10% at 3 months? Because data from London and from Germany have suggested that patients who are above 10% in 3 months have inferior survival. So a patient who is not meeting this early milestone must be considered somewhat more high risk, we may want to even change therapy.

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Last modified: October 8, 2015