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    Tumor marker

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      BuckeyeShelby

      My marker bounced a little last time, but still under the limit. I'd had a discussion w/my doc about what would happen if my CA125 was over 35. We'd wait for a couple weeks, do another blood test. If that happens, I'll get sent for a new CT scan. I know w/CA125, things like infections can cause that number to climb. I hope your elevated levels are nothing more than that.

      5 months ago
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      fluteplayer

      I have stage 4 and get tumor markers once a month. For 10 years they stayed at 24 then all of a matter of 3 months went to over 100.. my pet scan showed some new tumors. Now on Ibrance with those painful shots . Still markers going up only 1 or 2 a month . Another pet showed bone cancer shrinking but new tumor in lung. Refused those horrible shots. One in each hip. Copay is 300 a month and I couldn't sit .Dr. going to try another treatment. Really scared as no one wants to die rsp. from lung trouble.

      5 months ago
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      Lola27

      I’ve had markers drawn for the last six years on a regular basis. Mine happen to be very reliable tools. It’s the trend that’s important, Once mine exceed the normal range, I’m scanned immediately.
      Scans tell the real story, however, not makers, I’ve been Stage 4 for 12 years. Much luck.

      5 months ago
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    Pain at site of lymph node dissection years after surgery

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      Charnellf

      My axillary lymph node dissection was 3/3/14. Still have severe pain in the area and limited mobility. I did the lymphodema therapy plus more therapy. Had another surgery to see why pain was so bad. Nothing was found. Had 3 nerve blocks with great success. Starting therapy again.

      over 2 years ago
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      MelanieIIB

      I had a mastectomy and axillary lymph node dissection in Nov. 2012. I have lymphedema. It is an on-going, life-long problem. Under my arm is feeling tight again even though I have been doing some manual lymph drainage all these years as well as having some therapy from a lymphedema therapist. I strongly suggest you see a certified lymphedema therapist. You will need a "prescription" from your doctor to go. Make sure it is not just a physical therapist because if it is lymphedema, you should be measured for a compression sleeve as well. There are certain exercises and manual lymph drainage massage regular therapists don't usually know about that they need to teach you to do yourself. Sometimes even your doctor won't recognize it as lymphedema. Some in the medical community think your arm has to be significantly larger than the unaffected arm in order to be lymphedema, and that is not true. Lymphedema starts out with minimal swelling and as it progresses, there is more swelling and sometimes your arm will never go back to its original size. I'm not trying to scare you, but just wanting you to know it is nothing to ignore.

      over 2 years ago
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      DoreenLouise

      Melanie gave you very good advice.

      over 2 years ago