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Mar 12, 2008 08:45PM
I also get a more rapid heart beat and anxiety before my oncology appt.
Sometimes I can feel the anxiety feelings just reading certain things here.
Posters refer to us being on a roller coaster ride and I agree.
About the tumor markers, I've been wondering what the difference is between the CA15-3 test and the CA 27-29 so I googled and up came Cancer.org and a great explanation so now I understand.
Here is a part of what I read and I hope maybe it will help you and others who have wondered also.
"CA 15-3: CA 15-3 is used mainly to monitor patients with breast cancer. Elevated blood levels are found in less than 10% of patients with early disease and in about 70% of patients with advanced disease. Levels usually drop following effective treatment, although they may spike in the first few weeks after treatment is started, a result of dying cancer cells spilling their contents into the bloodstream.
The normal level is usually less than 25 U/mL (units/milliliter), depending on the lab. But levels as high as 100 U/mL can sometimes be seen in women who do not have cancer. Levels of this marker can also be higher in other cancers and in some non-cancerous conditions such as benign breast conditions and hepatitis.
CA 27.29: CA 27.29 is another marker used to follow patients with breast cancer during or after treatment. This test measures the same marker as the CA 15-3 test, but in a different way. Although it is a newer test than CA 15-3, it does not appear to be any better in detecting either early or advanced disease. It may be less likely to be positive in people without cancer. The normal level is usually less than 38 to 40 U/mL (units/milliliter), depending on the testing lab. This marker can also be elevated in other cancers and in some non-cancerous conditions, and it may not be elevated in some women with breast cancer."
I also wanted to let you know my oncologist tells me each time not to put so much emphasis on the number the test comes up with.
He said he prefers not to use the test for many reasons one being the very anxiety he sees it cause so many of us.
Ugh what are we to do. Thank goodness for xanax.
I wish you all the best!