Jul 03, 2010 - 10:09 am
I had a routine appointment at the endocrinologist's office the other day to get a new prescription for my thyroid medication. I had lab work done for the appointment including a Complete Metabolic Panel. Everything was fine on the lab results except for elevated levels of Alkaline Phosphatase--the reference range was 33-130, mine was 288. The nurse practitioner gave me a copy of the lab results and told me she wanted my oncologist to look at it.
I called the onc's office (he was out for the day) and dropped off a copy of the lab results yesterday, Friday. I don't expect to hear back until next week, but in the meantime I looked up Alkaline Phosphatase and colon cancer, and now I'm getting scared. Elevated levels seem to be associated with liver mets and bone mets.
I was diagnosed with colon cancer almost a year ago, August 2009, and had a colon resection followed by 12 treatments of FOLFOX (cancer in 3 lymph nodes). I finished chemo in April 2010 and except for needing one Procrit injection for low red blood cells, everything has been going well. I had a PET scan a month ago that came back clear.
Does anyone know about high levels of Alkaline Phosphatase? Could it be something else not related to colon cancer and mets?