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Posted on: Aug 9, 2018 01:57PM - edited Aug 9, 2018 02:07PM by ClaireUK

ClaireUK wrote:

Hello all. I would really appreciate someone talking me down !

I have had breast cancer twice (local) at age 34 and 37 (2012). Since the second time, I've had my ca153 tumour marker checked. It was around 10 for over 6 years (I'm 45 now).

They started gradually rising since last October and then going out of range. The latest results today are 78. I've had Pet/CT , bone scan and x-rays and they have come back clear.

I am currently on tamoxifen (over 9 years now - 100% er/pr, idc, her 2 neg, grade 2, stage 1)

The only symptom I have which is getting increasingly worse, is hip pain on my right side.

My Oncologist called today and said she thinks despite the clear scans so far, that the cancer has settled somewhere.

She said the Pet may not pick up small specs in my lungs for instance.

She has ordered a change of treatment from Tamoxifen to Zoladex and AI which I start next week.

She's also ordered an MRI of my hip as that Is my only pain. And it actually coincides with the timing of the markers rising.

I asked if it could be a benign condition causing this and she said not looking at the trend. It would stabilise or go down by now.

I feel very out of control .. I don't know what I'm dealing with and some straight talking answers would be very very much appreciated. Thankyou.

www.breastcancerdiary.co.uk Dx 2/3/2009, IDC
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Aug 9, 2018 02:31PM Anna-33 wrote:

One of my markers increased after pregnancy/giving birth... Do not know which one... Decreased after a few months...

Dx 3/1/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 8/25 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 9, 2018 06:07PM KBeee wrote:

Doctors know best, but inflammation can cause a rise in tumor markers in some people. A change to a different medication sounds like an appropriate strategy

Karen. Dx 8/5/2013, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/26/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/20/2013 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/12/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 1/23/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 1/29/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 2/2/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Dx 2/25/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 3, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 2/25/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Chemotherapy 3/31/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/25/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Aug 9, 2018 11:24PM ClaireUK wrote:

Thank you for your replies.

It's the CA153.

Dr said a benign condition wouldn't increase steadily like this. They would expect a drop or them to stabilise.

www.breastcancerdiary.co.uk Dx 2/3/2009, IDC

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