Oct 09, 2012 - 12:16 pm
I've been reading all the new posts and cheering for the good news and hoping and praying for the best for those who are having tougher times.
Quick question about CA-125?
I now have 1 chemo session under my belt, and 1 week until session 2. Actually feeling much better, ascites has not come back, so better appetite, no heartburn, and I have more energy. So all good things, yes?
But looking at my clinicals, my CA-125 has risen from 305 before chemo, 383 before 1st session, and now 395 after 1st session.
Should I be worried that my protocol isn't working, (even though I feel much better), or am I just getting way ahead of myself?
I did read something (ACS) about rising levels at the beginning of chemo CAN mean that the chemo is causing a lot of cancer cells to die and release large amounts of the marker into the blood, which will cause the level of the tumor marker to rise for a short time.
Anybody have experience/knowledge of how much to worry about tumor markers?
Thanks all - I will try not post so many questions but just such a clueless newbie at this point!