Posted on: Nov 19, 2007 05:58 PM, edited Nov 19, 2007 05:58 PM by Saffire
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Nov 19, 2007 06:27 PM Buzz wrote:
Sixty isn't really significant. Normal range is 40, and different labs using different methods or scales could report a different number off the same sample.
Since you don't know what your number was before, you don't know if the 60 is up from where you were, or down.
Hope this helps.
Nov 19, 2007 06:32 PM, edited Mar 19, 2008 01:18 PM by TenderIsOurMight
Yes, Alice says it right: elevations of tumor markers seem to occur during treatment due probably due to the break up of the cells. Some here have noticed this included the first draw after completion of chemotherapy.
There's a thread here at this site under "help me get through treatment" that posts an article on this topic. Here's the thread: Do You Know What and Where Your Tumor Markers Are?
Maybe you'll find it helpful and reassuring. Welcome by the way!
All the best to you,
Nov 19, 2007 10:00 PM Member_of_the_Club wrote:
My first markers were taken during treatment and they were 70. They went down after. Another doctor mentioned that they should never have been taken during treatment but that was how my original onc did things. It was highly stressful and meaningless. Your marker was lower than mine and I'm sure the reason it was elevated at all was treatment.
Nov 20, 2007 09:24 AM Bugs wrote:
Like MOTC, my markers were high toward the end of my chemo (taxol). I think mine was 56...and I came here in a panic as my onc was out of town that day (of course). When he came back he said the same thing these ladies are saying about the flare from cells dying can elevate the markers. He looks at the trend..not one particular reading.
Toto...that post wasn't really neccessary.
Nov 20, 2007 09:31 AM Member_of_the_Club wrote:
Toto is just wrong. First of all, no one should ever post anything sayin someone here has cancer when it hasn't been diagnosed. I've been coming on these boards for several years and can tell you that the vast, vast majority of scares turn out to be nothing.
Second, you are just wrong. Many of us have ahd elevated tumor markers without mets particularly during and just after treatment. My onc said he wasn't concerned unless they were over 100.
Toto, i think you should delete that post. Its just unnecessarily alarmist.
Nov 20, 2007 11:34 AM shend wrote:
I agree with bugs and member of the club. This is the second time Toto said something wrong. a couple week ago I posted a topic "mouth sore" and here is her reply:
"Avastin is good but (TAXOL ) the devil that poision you but do not kill ur cancer,did you read the news about taxol 2 weeks ago,it does not work for most BC patients! like ER+ PR+ and positive lymphnode! go to another oncol.because your oncology is very old fashion."
First she made a conclusion my treatment is not working, did know my case at all, thend said my doctors are old fashion. In fact I am treated at Memorial Sloan( Top1) and Dana Farber( top 5).
I have been on this board for 2.5 years. No one like the way Toto behaved. On this board we help, encourage and share information together. Somtimes we can not offer any help, but we showed our comparssion. We are not stupid and we don't anyone to make dicision or conclusion for us.