I see my oncologist next week. I requested to have my labs this week, so she would have results in time for my appointment. She wanted to wait and order labs after I see her. I hate the waiting game. I am also requesting a CA125 test since I have a BRCA2 mutation for a baseline number. Maybe this is just because, its my first three month appointment. Thoughts??
My routine is labs done every Monday,
Labs/ nurse shows Oncologist
Labs/ nurse shows Oncologist
Labs/ see my Oncologist/treatment have been doing this almost 8 years.
My results were 23 in January & in May it was 33. Should I be concerned?
@A MyBCTeam Member. I have never hears its a good sign that they go up after chemo. Do u have more info on that ?
My BC stage 3/4 surgery +treatment was completed late 2013 (almost 4 yrs ago) with metastisis detected in early 2015. I have been taking Ibrance for 2 yrs and CA15 number had been lowered and stable until a few months ago
The marker numbers continue to increase, shown by my monthly bloodwork, but are not yet at the level of 3 yrs ago
PET scans are not showing anything new. Does anyone know what else the rising marker numbers might mean? I looked on-line but have not found any information. Dr.… read more
I don't know if my knowledge is correct but this is what i have learnt (on line and by experience): increased tumor indicators can be caused by benign cysts or infections. Increase in sugar intake and… read more
My CA15-3 was 21 after all the treatments( chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy), then after 6 months it came to 25 and now after 1year it is 27...
Does this rise inducate tumor trying to get active?
Any similar experience?
Please help :(
Thank you all dear friends...
Such a blessing to have your answers❤️
I just had another long conversation with my oncologist about it. I’ve read and he’s told me that the guidelines state there is no increase in survival if routine imaging or tumor markers are done after being treated. One of my friends had DCIS 10 years ago and her oncologist did routine CA15-3 tests yearly. Her CA15-3 became elevated two years ago and after imaging it was found that she had metastasis to her lungs and she is now stage 4. The lesions were very small and she’s getting Herceptin… read more
sheilaE - Thank you for the name of the drug. I'm afraid it was too late for my friend. She passed on 7/1/22. It was heartbreaking. I now have another friend who is in treatment for a different… read more
I have had a partial mastectomy, 4 rounds of chemo and currently going through radiation (#12 tonight).. and will be put on Anastrasole in May. My Oncologist told me that they won't do any testing after completion of radiation to determine if there is no evidence of cancer...I will just be monitored every 3 months for 2 years. I find that pill hard to swallow! Has anyone had testing after breast cancer treatment to determine where you are in your journey? If cancer is in remission or eradicated… read more
I am praying for you. Stay positive!
I had Chemo, Mastectomy, Chemo and then 33 Rads. Got blood test results CA15-3 test and my level is 35. I can't find out what this means!! Dr. Assistant gave me the results on the phone and said it means I have cancer, so I am flipping out, which means crying thinking I still have "IT", I called the Onc. And my Dr. Is out until Monday. Petscan is still pending, as I am awaiting the insurance approval!! It has been 5 weeks, but was told delay could be 6-8 weeks out
Can't find out what my… read more
Thanks! Feeling better already!!
First diagnosed tumor marker CA125 was 40, "acceptable" is 38. 3 months after chemo and Herceptin, went down to 18, 3 months later went up to 21, three months later, went up to 24. (had double mastectomy - no recon) Going for my next check up tomorrow. When do they start getting "worried" and perform more tests?
Hate tumor marker tests. Mine went up and down during chemo, as did my stress level
Every time I go for another check-up I tell myself I don't care what it is (it is not fool-proof one way or the… read more
My ps pierced my implant twice while doing fat transfers on the mastectomy side. Since i have been told that i have inflammation in the breast and i also experience pain. Could this be the cause of an elevated CA15-3 (mine is 25.8 should i worry? )? Also would revision surgery resolve this?
Thank you all for your time
I am having it replaced. Surgery is due end October. My onc and ps reckon the raised marker could be caused by the inflammation to the damaged breast but you know sometimes you over think and say to… read more