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33 is the magic number

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tekgal
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Hi everyone ~ I hope you are all having GOOD DAYS! I got my CA 27/29 tumor marker blood test results back, and the "magic number" is 33. It is down from last May, when it was 44, so I am thrilled. I am curious, though, as to why my number seems higher than everyone else's 'normal' number. Most everyone I know from my area have a number in the teens or low '20s. Is there anyone else in the group who has a normal number in my range? My mind can play tricks on me (I'm sure you all can relate!) but I'm trying to think positively! Prayers for you all ..... Jody

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pamtriggs
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Dear Jody

Re the markers. The marker I am regularly tested for is CA 23. SO there must be different ones for types of cancer. I will ask my onco when I seem him at the end of January. He has told me that normal for healthy people is 20. Mine were as high as 190 in August/September. Now down to 93 and falling!!. Can any one else out there shed any light on this marker business? It's got me piqued now as I have to know things. I study astrology and I have lots of planets in 9th house of learning so I need to keep on learning to grow. Keep up the positive thinking & believe in the power of prayer to whatever higher power you believe in. I cannot believe that life is random so there must be a God out there who hears us and we are being tested for a reason.Love & hugs
Pam

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tekgal
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Joined: Dec 2000

Hi Pam ~~ Doing some research on the 'Net, I found out that the CA 27/29 measures the same result that the CA 15/3 test does. I've never even heard of the CA 23! I am glad to hear your number is falling, too! That is the important thing, right? :) I'm anxious to hear if anyone else has some insight into these confusing tests/numbers. I'm like you, Pam, the more information the better. I have been known to depress myself in reading TOO MUCH, though! But I think we have all done that! Thanks for your response, Pam! Have a wonderful day! ~Jody

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