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Sunday, January 29, 2012

OLP and Cancer

Since last I wrote, I have been diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. No, No. Don't worry! It's not got anything to do with Oral Lichen Planus. It's just a coincidence.

So, that is why I have not posted for a while. I've been a little busy.

What is totally fascinating to me is that I am taking a "chemo" drug. That's a misnomer because it is not a chemically based treatment at all. It's a pill called, Dasatinib (Sprycel) which I take once a day. It's known as a Tyrokinase Inhibitor.

Anyhow, that first month I had started taking it, my OLP had started to diminish. Now it's gone. That's right! My oral lichen planus, from which I have suffered since 2004 has disappeared!

The only disadvantage is I have a bumpy rash. Not too bad. A great trade off. Which would I rather have? Inexplicably permanent Erosive Oral Planus or bumpy rash? I'll settle for the rash. Oh, hell. I forgot the CML. It's not too bad. Really! It's chronic, like diabetes. All I have to do is take the pill for the rest of my life and I will die of something else. CML is the good kind of cancer to have these days.

I wonder what the connection is! I wonder if TKI's could be a treatment for OLP?

At least I don't have that other kind of cancer associated with (RARELY) Oral Lichen Planus.

If you are interested, you can read my journey with CML at The Heart of the Rose


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