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Posted on: Jun 4, 2010 03:59PM

Susie123 wrote:

Has anyone with early stage BC had elevated alkaline phosphates? Mine were 156 a month ago, now they're 153. The onco wants to recheck them in a month and if they're still elevated do a bone scan and liver CT. I'm really freaking out, I've only had BC for 6 months. I was so grateful for a stage 1 grade 1 diagnosis, my nodes were clear. Could I already have mets? Has anyone had any experience with alk phos levels that were elevated?

Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 4, 2010 04:04PM Enjoyful wrote:

Hi, Susie -

Sorry you're having an area of concern, and so soon after your Stage I diagnosis!  My old onco told me that if both calcium and alkaline phosphatase are elevated, it's an indication of bone mets.  An indication, not a definitive.  It's good that your onco is following you closely.

Since you're stage I, I'm guessing you did not have chemo?  My levels were skewed like crazy when I was on chemo but it turned out to be nothing.

Are you on an aromatase inhibitor like Aromasin, Arimidex, or Femara?  I just read today that Arimidex can cause elevated AP levels.

Hang in there, and please keep us posted!

E

BENGHAZI! Dx 9/2004, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/28/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 4, 2010 04:20PM Susie123 wrote:

Yes, Thank You So Much for the quick response. I am taking Arimidex and my calcium levels were not elevated. I didn't do chemo, my oncotype score was low. I've been crying all afternoon. Seeing that Arimidex can cause that gives me hope...

Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 4, 2010 04:31PM Enjoyful wrote:

You're welcome!

Here's a link to an Astra-Zeneca publication about Arimidex.  It lists elevated AP levels as a possible, but infrequent, side effect.  Maybe print it out and take it to your onco?  If they don't see it very often, they might not expect it as a side effect.

http://www1.astrazeneca-us.com/pi/arimidex.pdf

I'm glad I saw this today!

Take a deep breath, and have a glass of wine.  :-)

Please keep us posted!

E

BENGHAZI! Dx 9/2004, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 8/28/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 5, 2010 12:02AM SusieMTN wrote:

Susie123   I have elevated Alk Phos (about 149) it has been elevated since about Jan.  I had locally advanced BC.  I was told that medications can cause an elevation and not to be concerned as it isn't high enough.  I have taken both Arimidex and Aromasin.  I just had a bone scan and will now have an MRI as I did have areas with increase "uptake" BUT I have arthritis and issues that existed prior to BC. 
When I grow up I STILL want to be an old woman.....Mets and ALL! Dx 7/22/2008, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IV, 2/3 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jul 13, 2010 11:27AM karenz01 wrote:

Hi.  I hope you got good news on your elevated ALP.  I too had early stage BC and my ALP is at 134 and is steadily rising.  I was on Femara but stopped it in May.  I'm very scared!!!

Dx 5/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 14, 2010 08:14AM Susie123 wrote:

Mine did come down, but it took 3 months. It's very scary. I didn't stop taking the Arimidex so that must not have been it.  I was afraid to take anything, even tylenol for a headache, because I was afraid that could be elevating it. Hopefully yours will start dropping as well. I'm learning to dread onco visits.Frown
Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 14, 2010 08:57PM karenz01 wrote:

I absoulately dread the doc visits and almost have a panic attack in the waiting room.  Well, perhaps the drugs are doing it but it levels itself out eventually?  I'll keep my fingers crossed and I am very happy you are okay.  Hang in there!

Dx 5/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 17, 2010 02:44AM - edited Jul 17, 2010 02:49AM by aussieched

Hi Susie123

I had IDC diagnosed may 07, with positive sentinal node, and my alkaline phosphatase has been elevated for at least the last 2.5 years.  I totally freaked out about the result, with my reading being in the 150+ for most of that time as I had also read that an elevated result could be a sign of bone mets.  I still really don't have any definite advice from my oncologist as to what can be causing it.  He said he will just watch it at this stage and basically asked if I have pain anywhere. I have lots of pain everywhere, however don't know if it is being caused by the oophrectomy and femara or from bone mets.  At this stage he is happy just to wait and watch, while I stress out about it and basically has not done any testing such as MRI, Pet or bone scans since my diagnosis.  We don't get all the testing here in Austraila that other ladies in other countries seem to get as routine.  It is a scary ride out here, not sure why, because I do have private cover, so that is not the problem.

Dx 5/11/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/30 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/30/2007 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 8/16/2007 Hormonal Therapy 9/28/2007 Femara (letrozole)
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Jul 20, 2010 09:35AM karenz01 wrote:

I was told that if it is elevated because of mets, your calcium would be elevated too if that's any comfort.

Dx 5/25/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 20, 2010 01:47PM SusieMTN wrote:

My MRI was normal.  But wanted to mention this, there is a test that can be done that will determine if the alkaline phosphatase is coming from bone or liver.  I personally wonder for myself if it was the Aromasin. I was put on Tamox. and having far less side effects.  You girls that are showing and elevation in alkaline phosphatase, have your doctors done scans?  It can be a relief to know that everything is OK and if not one wants to know ASAP right? 

Wishing you all well!  Smile

When I grow up I STILL want to be an old woman.....Mets and ALL! Dx 7/22/2008, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IV, 2/3 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jul 20, 2010 04:28PM Susie123 wrote:

I also heard that if it was elevated because of bone mets your calcium would be elevated too, and mine was not. If mine had not came down I was ready to do the scans, scared to death, but ready. I'm trying to live a little more "fear free" these days. I actually signed a 2 year contract recently when I had got to the point that I was afraid to commit to anything, for fear that I might not be here that long. I'm trying to move beyond the "fear" mindset. Has anyone else had a problem with that?

Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 20, 2010 04:49PM somanywomen wrote:

Susie123, last week I went to doc for back pain, you know how our minds work these days, I was thinking "could it be bc related?"....It was just a strain..I think we will be questioning every little ache, but to stay on top of this we have too....I'm sure they will watch your levels, but there probably is an non-bc answer for this....probably a meds issue....

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief, “There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief."....All Along the Watchtower..Bob Dylan Dx 9/28/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Jul 30, 2010 04:27PM wrsmith2x wrote:

I have had elevated ALP the entire time.....nothing to worry about....some of us are just that way.  Keep the faith!  Namaste'.

1st dx, 2007, IDC, Stage 1 (1.2cm), grade 3, 0/1 node, TriNeg.....2nd dx, 2011, IDC, Stage 2 (3.2cm & 1.5cm) grade 3, 0/1 node, Tri-Neg......BMX with DIEP 2/16/12......3rd dx, lung mets, Stage IV, 7/24/14. Dx 11/16/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/3/2008 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/24/2008 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 12/19/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Dx 7/24/2014, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 22, 2014 12:12PM glojakab wrote:

Do you have an update for me. The same has happened to me. My bone scan was perfect. My alkaline phosphates keep going up and my calcium. I think it is the anastrozole that I have been taking for 14 months. I am 68 and had stage 1 BC

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Nov 23, 2014 12:45AM Susie123 wrote:

hi glojakab,

I wanted to let you know that I am the one who started this thread in 2010and had elevated alp for years before they returned to normal. Actually the blood work at my 4 year check up was the first normal alkaline phosphates results I have had. I'm almost 5 years out now, doing well, with no reoccurrence. My onco said he sees a few patients each week with no issues other than elevated alp that he doesn't understand why. I too have stage 1. Susie

Dx 12/22/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 19, 2017 01:05PM AEC wrote:

Hi Susie123,

Thank you for sharing about your ALP level increase and the good news you had. I have had 2 raised levels in a week 128 and 155 after a normal level for another doctor just 3 weeks ago! They ran a GGT that was 15 and normal. My calcium is within range too. I see my doctor tomorrow, and this weekend has been so hard. Everything I've read says that the GGT rules out a biliary reason for the rise, and so it must be bone. But that calcium should be elevated with bone mets. I'm on Arimidex now for 2 years almost. Could that be the reason for the sudden increase? I know I'm heading for tests and I was just getting past the PTSD of having gone through the breast cancer the first time. Its been a hard year, can stress do this? Well anyway, thanks for your words, they really helped. AEC

2/15 stage1a grade1 0/1nodes lumpectomy and radiation started arimidex JUNE 2015
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Jul 15, 2017 03:23PM mahometmom62 wrote:

Hey Everyone!


Thread not dead yet! I have elevated ALP 3 yrs after chemo.... then it went down, I Have had 3 bone scans for my back and all were clear and normal GGT. They have been normal till 3 weeks ago up to 135..... GGT normal Calcium Normal, and they did the break down test that shows where its coming from, it was liver. Doc wants a ultra sound on Monday.... omg I hate this!!!!!! Freaking out


Dx 7/14/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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