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    Cancer Markers in blood

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      savingrace

      Great news, Harley12. Thank God and go celebrate.

      almost 3 years ago
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      The normal levels are dependent on the laboratory where the assay is done and the specific test involved. A single result has relatively little significance - what is important is the range of levels over time. A rise in a tumor marker is often an indication that the original cancer has spread, and would trigger your oncologist to order scans to further investigate. That having been said, there are also other reasons why markers can be abnormal, so results have to be taken into context. I also have my markers drawn monthly - CA 15-3, which is specific for breast cancer, and CEA, which is less specific. It was a rise in the CA 15-3 that led us to discover that I had bone mets...much as I hate the fact that I'm in Stage IV, I'm glad that we were keeping close watch and were able to adjust my treatment right away.

      So glad your marker is well within normal range!

      Namaste,
      Christine

      almost 3 years ago
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      Harley12

      Thank you all for your comments and congrats! I am better informed now than when I first asked this question. I feel very blessed to be part of this community.

      almost 3 years ago