So one day Glivec may stop workign for me (hopefully not) but for my sake and the other CML sufferes in the UK who are/may become intolerant of Glevic please sign the petition Online petition – NICE: Be NICE to Cancer Patients
“The Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) Support Group have grave concerns about the provisional recommendation contained in the Appraisal Consultation Document of dasatinib and nilotinib for ‘imatinib intolerant’ Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia.
We question the wisdom behind the appraisal committee’s decision to separate the two sub-groups of patients because we understand that it is difficult to separate ‘intolerance’ from ‘resistance’ with clinical precision. We also point out that in actual clinical practice, both categories of patients who have failed to respond to Glivec, already enjoy increased progression free survival and quality of life benefits from therapy with Tasigna and/or Sprycel within the UK and throughout Europe. Separating the two sub-sets of patients in order to assess the Glivec intolerant group in isolation is, in our view, not only cynical but absurd and unethical.
Should the appraisal committee’s recommendations be upheld, patients with chronic or accelerated phase CML who prove to be intolerant to Glivec, will be offered other treatment options from a list of far less effective therapies used prior to the introduction of Glivec. Several of these options can in themselves be life threatening, most have well documented seriously debilitating side effects and one is purely palliative. With the exception of stem cell transplantation, which has relatively high morbidity and mortality rates, and for which is inappropriate for the majority, in almost all cases of CML the alternative options suggested by the committee, do nothing to halt the progression of the disease and for this reason alone are rarely used in current clinical practice.”