Ca 15-3 elevated Dr Not Concerned?
Wife Diagnosed age 36 in 1987, lumpectomy and rad, then a new BC same breast, in 1990, different pathology so they said it was a different, new cancer, not recurrence. Mastectomy, no other treatment necessary, very small early stage.
Since then, disease free for 25 years, and was seeing Onc once a year, after the first five years. BUT, about 6-7 years ago her CA 15-3, peeked above the normal,range for the first time, at 33. So he started having her in every three months. After a year of it bouncing between 32 and 38 and back, he concluded its her new normal, and told her to come in every six months. And that's what she has been doing the last 6-7 years.
6 months ago, ca15-3 was 40 (highest ever at that point was 42). This week she retested and it jumped to 49.
This scares me. But Dr said he is not concerned he thinks this is her new normal and she just tends to run high. His opinion is based on normal physical exam, no symptoms, and all other markers "perfect" (other markers are CEA, CA 125. And he sees no reason to "go on a wild goose chase at this point.
I don't know what to make of this and wonder if she should go for second opinion, (she doesn't want to, just wants to forget about it for 6 months. I'm inclined to let it go and just support whatever she wants to do.
But this scares me.i know that CA 15-3 can move around, and is not considered reliable by some doctors, but still, why would it jump,like that? And if he isn't going to act on it, why take the test in the first place?any thoughts? I'd appreciate any comments I just want to do the right thing for her, she is an ostrich , head in sand.