My MCAS Rx: Is Gleevec (imatinib) A Good Option For Me?

The Treatments

I’ve been debating talking to my immunologist about trying Gleevec (imatinib) if the medicines I’m on don’t keep my CD+/KIT- mast cells in check. There are a few reasons I believe I’m a good candidate for imatinib, mostly because I’ve got a lot of TNF-driven inflammation. At the moment I’m doing pretty good again, especially […]

February 22, 2017

Advanced Systemic Mastocytosis: A New Drug On The Horizon?

The Science

Here’s an interesting piece on recent research for a new drug to treat KIT positive patients with advanced systemic mastocytosis and mast cell leukemia. I’ve abridged to highlight the exciting parts: The Food and Drug Administration has approved only one drug, called imatinib, to treat advanced mastocytosis. Imatinib blocks the action of a cellular protein […]

February 21, 2017