• What is a ‘serum protein electrophoresis report’?

    Asked by downbutnotout on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    What is a ‘serum protein electrophoresis report’?

    I'm getting so many terms and tests from my dr's my head is spinning. They are always in too big a hurry to answer my questions

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    • RachaelC@StF's Avatar
      RachaelC@StF Community Outreach Coordinator 317-528-7794

      Hi downbutnotout,
      I'm sorry to hear that your doctors are too busy to be attentive. Have you thought of searching out a second opinion? Your doctor should be someone you trust and have complete faith in, because you are working as a team toward a common goal- beating your cancer. If your doctor isn't giving you the answers you need, there is no harm in a second opinion. Maybe you'll find someone who will take the time to answer all of your questions.
      In the meantime, a serum protein electrophoresis test is done to measure proteins in the blood. The test uses an electrical field to separate the proteins into groups of similar size, shape and charge. This can help identify diseases like multiple myeloma, macroglobulinemia, amyloidosis and HGG. That's the basic overview. Anything more clinical will need to be added by a nurse/someone who has expereinced the test.
      If you need any help with physician referral in the Indy area, please let me know. I'd be happy to help.
      P.S. I love your username- it's honest, yet still optimistic!

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It is a blood test that measures specific proteins. Here is a more detailed breakdown:


      over 3 years ago
    • Debio's Avatar

      Do not put up with a doctor who isn't willing to give you the time that you need or want. My doctor is also in a hurry, he has many patients but he will stay with me for as long as I need. If I forget to ask him a question and I mention it to the nurse he comes back and answers the question for me. Do not focus so much on the technical name for the tests. Understand what they are testing for and what your results are. Don't get bogged down in jargon.

      This test too, is specifically looking for myeloma protein markers or what ever protein markers your doctor requests. Again, it isn't the name of the test, it is what it does that matters. If the doctor throws a term like that at you, automatically respond with "and what are we testing for?" Don't let all this drive you crazy. Dealing with the diagnosis is difficult but after that fighting the fight is the only thing that matters.

      over 3 years ago
    • Therose's Avatar

      Sorry not familiar with serium protein report. What I wanted to respond to is not being able to get all questions answered. I write them down to make sure I don't get overwhelm and forget. In your healthcare coverage are you allowed to email your Dr. When I can't get questions answered right away that is method I use.

      over 3 years ago
    • Therose's Avatar

      Sorry I am familiar with this test have had it many times but usually acronyms did not recognize when it was spelled out. I understand being overwhelm by so much information told at once and needing to make decisions. When I was first diagnosed I felt everything was happening so fast. Chemo treatment, consultation for BMT. At the time I was still yrying to digest the fact I have cancer and this the best plan of action for the best result. Less side affects. Take a minute do one thing that gives you peace of mind once a day. For me it was Jazz and classic movies. Just for a second just be you.

      over 3 years ago

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