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Should Your Oncologist Order A Blood Test At Least Every 6 Months?

Should Your Oncologist Order A Blood Test At Least Every 6 Months?

I am 2 1/2 years out from finishing my chemo/radiation treatments. I have seen my oncologist every 3-6 months since. He has only ordered blood work once or twice since I finished treatment. I think it is odd that he is not checking it more often. I was a diagnosed with stage 3A breast cancer I had a 5cm tumor and 6 out of 22 lumph nodes tested positive also. I had a double mastectomy. I just find this strange.. Does anyone else??

A MyBCTeam Member said:

thanks for the answer sis melanie - so meaning even i didnt do my medication i can keep asking to my doctor to test my blood? so i can know if the cancer cell is increasing? im doing some herbal medicine for 1 week now i dont know yet if its taking effect or not coz its too early to tell if the effect is working. any one knows the herbal medicine called BARLEY? its a supplement tablet, which i go thru to the detail so hope it will work for me even though i didnt do my operation yet coz financially im not stable to support my medication - but im working hard for it to get enaugh money to do the 1st phase- hahah when it will happen god will guide me i guess.

posted over 7 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I too was stage 3. I see my oncologist every 3 months and get blood work to check my tumor markers every three months. She did say that eventually, I'll see her and get blood word done every 6 months. Scans would only be ordered if a reason came up to do a scan.

posted over 7 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Hi to all- no lorie i havent done any medication yet, the doctors told me i have i breast cancer but they did not put n the report what is the stage

posted over 7 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

sis lori - im not doing yet my medication until now coz less money cant go my operation yet, but i have food suppliment so i can be still strong and my immune system will be more active and i did also some balance diet - for the meantime this is what im doing till i have enaugh funds for my operation - and im working a small type of business that hope when i finish it within a couple of week and with the business im doing its inspire me a lot for the breast cancer patient who have like me dont have enaugh fund to do the immidiate medication due to not financially stable. pls pray for me it will work out and will share my glory about my endeavor in life here to all my sister - MY BC TEAM :) :)

posted over 7 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Blood tests are a common protocol post treatment. Every time I visit my medical oncologist the clinic takes blood. It is nothing to be alarmed about, much in the same way you have you blood pressure checked when you go to the doctor. Consider it part of your check up.

posted over 7 years ago
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