• Cancer Markers after treatment is over

    Asked by sewfun928 on Monday, March 18, 2013

    Cancer Markers after treatment is over

    I have a question, I have had people ask me what my cancer marker numbers are after I have finished treatment. I am not sure how to answer that question as I have never had anything like that done by my doctor. I have had scans but thats it. Anyone out there have an answer? Thanks

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    • CAS1's Avatar

      Well the term "Cancer marker" is broad range. I don't know about your cancer but what they may mean are mutations or the the results of certian tests related to your specific cancer. But ask your Doctor about this and if you have had mutation testing done..You may have and just not know it.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Cancer Markers are, in essence, biomarkers. Some biomarkers are proteins while some are genes like oncogenes or tumor Suppressor genes. In Breast cancer, when you want to monitor for recurrence or a response to a therapy, The marker used is a CA15-3. It detects circulating MUC-1 antigens in the blood. This biomarker is NOT used to monitor patients with early stage breast cancer because it bears no impact on the chemo decision/regimen that is used. In fact the sole approved use of this test (as per ASCO guidelines) is to monitor response to therapy in the metastatic breast cancer setting and should not be used as a diagnostic tool. Therefore, it might hold some value for you now. You need to consult your oncologist, and also look at past CBC blood work to see if this test was run before. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • sewfun928's Avatar

      Thanks Carm, I thought thats what they were, I am stage 3a and my doc said he does not use those markers. He said that his hands, how I feel and scans are the best way to check things out. Sould I press for the markers? I do love my doc and he keeps a very close watch on me...sometimes I think too close LOL.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Not all doctors do tumor markers...my onc does, but I don't know what they were at time of Dx!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Cancer Markers are determined by particular blood tests your doctor requests. For more detailed info you can read:
      I would also suggest speaking to your doctor and asking questions. Request an answer you understand as well. :) Hope this helps! Hugs.

      over 3 years ago

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