• Does anyone have tumor marker tests every 3 months or so? My onc is a big proponent of this. I've heard both sides: it's considered aggressive by some & unecessarily upsetting (since the tests are often not conclusive & can be false positive) by others. W

    Asked by carrie61 on Sunday, December 4, 2011

    Does anyone have tumor marker tests every 3 months or so? My onc is a big proponent of this. I've heard both sides: it's considered aggressive by some & unecessarily upsetting (since the tests are often not conclusive & can be false positive) by others. W

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    • mspinkladybug's Avatar
      mspinkladybug

      i am up to every 6 months now but it is not only the tumor marker that they look at u should have a full cbc done that is what really tells what is going on tumor markers are just part of the puzzle

      about 5 years ago
    • sofarsogood's Avatar
      sofarsogood

      I wonder about this, too. My onc doesn't use these tests.. I've heard about Ca125 and something like Fish? Anyway I'd like to know more about them, and whether I can have the test without my onc's approval?

      about 5 years ago
    • mysecondchance's Avatar
      mysecondchance

      I have a CA 125 blood test every three months. I have an appt with my oncologist every six months and with my gyn/onc once a year (just saw him last month and everything is great).

      I get a little nervous before each test but once I get the news and it's good, I feel relief and try very hard to put the monster on the back burner for another three months.

      It's not the way I would have chosen to live my life but as I tell everyone, my bottom line is that I am alive. Anything else I can deal with.

      about 5 years ago
    • cincygirl's Avatar
      cincygirl

      Interesting....I do not have the tests at all. I see my oncologist every 6 months now and gyn/ob once a year. My onc agreed with me about getting stressed out every 3 months for no reason-I have no idea if he generally doesn't like to do the tests but I think he probably evaluates each patient...anyway, I do not miss them :)

      about 5 years ago
    • grams2jc's Avatar
      grams2jc

      My MO doesn't do tumor markers because they aren't bc specific and she doesn't think they are accurate. Kind of feel like I am walking in a fog with no landmarks to guide me. I guess time will tell.

      about 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      It isn't really a separate or aggressive test. It can be done with other routine lab work with the same blood draw. It isn't really conclusive in and of itself, just one more bit of info to take into consideration along with everything else. I really don't see any down sides.

      about 5 years ago
    • carrie61's Avatar
      carrie61

      The downside for me is two-fold: the nerve-wracking waiting period for results & more-so, the possibility that I may have to have expensive, unneeded tests as the result of a false positive.
      I plan to discuss this again with my onc at my next appt in March.
      Thank you all for your helpful viewpoints (:

      about 5 years ago

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