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      limbomom

      After chemo my tumor markers started steadily climbing but my oncologist wasn't concerned. (Why do they check them if they don't matter?) The CA 125 had risen from 10 to 40, which is normal. But the CA 19-9 for pancreatic/gallbladder and gastric cancer was up to 88, when 37 is normal. At the same time I needed a release from her for hip replacement surgery, so I did a graph showing how the markers had risen and asked for a PET scan. Results of that showed ovarian had spread to my chest area and other places, which was confirmed by malignant cells in the fluid drained. Now I'm back in chemo.

      I get so frustrated when the doctors say to watch for symptoms. Initially I did not have symptoms until I had severe abdominal pain - by then I was Stage IV. This relapse produced no symptoms. I believe some ladies just do not have obvious symptoms - ovca is too sneaky.

      I wish you the best. It sounds like you have a healthy lifestyle and that alone gives you a fantastic foundation to fight any cancer.

      almost 7 years ago
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      @ limbomom your response is my thought exactly I feel fine, but my number is rising. How do I know it's not a reoccurrence in progress. My Dr says the same thing watch for symptoms. He says I'll know before he does. I had a ct scan in December he says it appeared to be clean. I had stage 3C OC and almost no symptoms. The ones I had could have been every day symptoms. I had no pain or discomfort to speak of. Towards the end I did have bloating and after I ate I felt like I had just finished thanksgiving dinner and I did have to the urgency to pee. Will my symptoms be he same of different? I'm only 47 and I'm not ready to call it quits yet.

      almost 7 years ago
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      derbygirl

      I thought that at first too but please don't worry. The CA-125 number will fluctuate. You are still in the normal range so that's a good sign. The CA-125 test that your doctor is checking is to see if the treatments are working. This test also has a history of false positives/negatives so that's why doctors use it as an indicator test. If your numbers come back elevated, then your doctor will probably order other tests to determine if the cancer has recurred. So for now, take a deep breath and concentrate on your half marathon. Good luck with the race!

      almost 7 years ago
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