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Is Tasigna to treat CML ever cure the cancer?

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Is Tasigna to treat CML ever cure the cancer?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 3 months ago.


It is able to put over 70% of patients into complete remission.

This does not mean cure for about 50% in which the cancer comes back, and then another drug is used.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

This is Dr. David

I am a cancer doctor.

that is good you have been on tasigna for 2.5 years.

long term data is still coming out for Tasigna

"Six-year overall survival and progression-free survival rates were 96%, with one death after progression to blast phase. At 6 years, 75% of the patients were still on nilotinib."

6 year follow up is the longest follow up we have for patients with CML.

so you have a high chance of the tasigna still working for you for 6 years

we still don't think this is an "official" cure, but it is a very long term control of CML which is very very good.

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