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joy13800
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Joined: Oct 2005

Hello everyone,

My name is Kim. I have been taken care of my mom since the day she found out that she has stage 3C of ovarian cancer. This has been two years now. She has tried almost all the chemo drugs and she did have side effect from them. Her doctor doesn't think any chemo will help her. Thus, my mom stop doing chemo for a month. She does fine in term of eating and sleep well; but her CA125 is arise. I am in the position I don't know what I should suggest to my mom. Thus, I would like to ask anyone who has a similar symptom as my mom, what would you do? Please fill free give your opion and suggest. I really appreciate it. Have a very bless day!
Best wishes!

kim

mopar
Posts: 1950
Joined: May 2003

Kim:
I'm sorry to hear that your mom is dealing with this. But you have come to the right place. You will find the CA125 subject throughout this forum constantly. Of course, it is of major concern to all of us. But I can tell you that it can rise and fall for a variety of reasons. Sometimes even a simple virus like a cold, or stress can make those numbers fluctuate. Initially after surgery or chemo they keep a watch to determine what your 'norm' is. For example, mine was always between 14 and 19. Once I even hit an all time low for me of 11! Then it crept up to 22 but went back down to 19. They usually look for consistent upswings. Now, mine seems to be going upward - 22.4, 23.2, 25.2, 26.1. I have been under a lot of stress, but it's because of a lymphocele that my doctor is concerned. Otherwise, there are no symptoms of anything else. So, it's a combination of things.

I hope I haven't confused you. I think the bottom line is to be sure the doctor gets monthly blood work, keep an eye on your mom's symptoms, and following up with the doctor on a regular basis, especially if you have any concerns. He/she may be able to answer your question better than I have. In the meantime, it is the nature of this marker to fluctuate. God bless you for taking care of your mom. Just take one day at a time. And we'd love to hear from you again.
Monika
(Prayers are with you!)

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