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Monitoring Treatment


Testing and TASIGNA

Regular testing is an important part of taking TASIGNA® (nilotinib) capsules. Once you start on the medication, your doctor may recommend tests of your blood and bone marrow every 3 months. Based on your results, your doctor can see if you are reaching your treatment milestones.


Here are the tests your doctor will likely recommend:

  • Complete blood count: Counts the number of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets in the blood
  • Cytogenetic test: Bone marrow is removed and your doctor checks it under a microscope
  • Standardized polymerase chain reaction (PCR or molecular): When the number of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) cells is low, Philadelphia chromosome–positive (Ph+) cells may not be visible with a cytogenetic test. Only PCR testing is sensitive and clear enough to check for even the smallest amount of leukemic cells