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My CA 125 is heading up & my "chemo holiday" is over.

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Remission was sweet, but it seemed SO short. For weeks at the end of last year, every time I worried about my escalating CA 125 number my oncologist said, "But it's still in the normal range!" That was true until December, when it went up to 44; but I was soon advised to take a 90-day "chemo holiday." While I did, I tried not to worry about blood counts but was not surprised at the end of March to see the CA 125 number at 215. So it's back to chemo--Carboplatin only every 3 or 4 weeks, assuming next week's bone scan shows that the abnormalities on my vertebrae are nothing to worry about. 

The good thing is I guess I can expect to keep my hair. Anyone else who has been on Carbo only--did you lose your hair? I know obsessing about hair should be the least of my worries, but I can't help myself after being bald most of last year.

All the details are at http://www.CaringBridge.org/visit/CaroleSeaton 


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Joined: Sep 2013

Carole, Sorry to hear you are resuming chemo but carbo is the "bomb".  Have not had it alone, but think my hair loss was from the companion Taxol.  16 years ago my baldness was from Taxol.  Remember arthritis shows up so often on the vertebrae.

Wishing you the best outcomes!!!



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