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Shingles and increased CA-125

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dgrdalton
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I am almost 2 years NED from surgery. I was Stage 1A, grade 3 with less than 50 mm myometrial invasion. Had 3 chemo and 6 brachytherapy.

On 4/12 I started having symptoms f pain in my right pelvic area and feared recurrence. It turned out to be shingles. The rash was from lower back around to pelvic area and down inside right thigh. My oncologist ordered a CA-125 on 5/3 and it is 66.7. My highest before surgery and after treatment was 9.8. I will have a CT scan on 5/13, but am hoping the inflammation from shingles may have caused the increase. 

Has anyone had an increased CA-125 after having shingles?

Thank you!

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NoTimeForCancer
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dgrdalton, infections can raise your CA-125 so I hope that is what is going on, however, I am glad they are going to do a CT to find out what is going on.  Please come back and let us know how it is going.  Sending you good thoughts on May 13.

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Forherself
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My gyne oncologist did not do one, because they are not accurate and give many false positives.  Which cause anxiety and unneeded tests.  I'm sorry to hear you have shingles.  They are very painful, and the fact that you didn't even mention your discomfort reflects the anxiety that these tests cause.   Percentages are also in your favor.  Your recurrence rate should be low with the treatments you had.   I pray that your CT is normal.  And that you recover quickly from those nasty shingles.

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dgrdalton
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Your responses are appreciated! I did neglect to say my cancer was UPSC which is similar in structure to ovarian cancer. I think that’s why they do the CA-125. Also, if the CT scan is clear then she can do another CA-125 in a month or so to see if it has gone back down. Will post again Monday!

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dgrdalton
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My CT & pelvic exam showed me to be still NED! She will repeat the CA-125 in 8 weeks to be sure, but suspects the inflammation of the shingles caused the increase.

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Forherself
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We all know the feeling of waiting for results.   Now you can get over your shingles!

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