May 13, 2008 - 2:47 pm
My mom was recently diagnosed with a recurrence of endometrial cancer in her pelvic lymph nodes, it was originally stage 1 grade 2. She has had 3 rounds of taxol, doxorubicin and cisplatin however her cat scan last week showed that only 2 of the lymph nodes have shrunk and one has enlarged. The oncologist has decided to stop the chemo and begin radiation immediately for 6 weeks followed by more chemo. Her CA 125 level began at 40 and then we were told went down to 9 which we learned was a lab mistake, it then went to 67 and is now at 94. The cat scan showed that her chest and abdomen were clean leading the oncologist to believe it is confined to the pelvic area. Is there anyone else who has been successful getthing through this? What exactly do the tumor markers mean and are they really reliable?