A 41-year-old female asked:
Is treatment necessary for systemic mastocytosis? i am taking gleevec (imatinib). what would happen if i stopped taking it?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
D/w oncologist: There are indolent systemic masto, and agressive systemic mastocytosis (asm). Many times, with indolent disease- therapy will be aimed only to control the symptoms- itching, diarrhea etc. If you have an asm- then usually treatment is started. Asm can manifest from slowly progressive to rapid fatal disease.Organ involvement , transformation to other blood DX including acute leukemia can happen.
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