Tumor Markers

There are a lot of different opinions when it comes to tumor markers.  My first oncologist tracked my markers and believed that they gave her an idea of how my treatments were working.  My new oncologist doesn’t worry about them as much.  I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones that can follow tumor markers.  When taxol failed my tumor makers rose.  We changed treatment and they dropped.  The same goes with Femara.  I went to Ibrance and my tumor markers climbed to 694 (CA 15-3) and 410 (CA 27-29).  My markers have never been so high!  We changed my treatment to Afinitor and they dropped.  I’m at 189 now.   That’s still not a good number.  I want to see it under 30 again.  For now I’m grateful to see such a big drop!

I’m scheduled for a new bone and pet scan the first week in February.  I have a lot of pain in my lower spine and my neck.  I know there was progression when I was on Ibrance.  The question is how much.  Back to waiting!

Until then I’ll keep taking my pain meds and enjoy some time with my Javiee (he’s off for a few weeks!). T.J. is keeping me busy with wrestling matches.  I walk into a match with no energy and leave as the cheering mom.  He’s doing really well.  I won’t miss a match even if I have to drive an hour to get there.  I’m just so thankful to be here to see him participate.  There’s no way I would miss one!

Ok, one more story to share!  My favorite Christmas song is The Christmas Shoes.  I play it every Christmas.  This year for Christmas Kori gave me Christmas shoes and had the song playing when I opened them.  I cried and cried.  It was a special Christmas full of special gifts but this one made my heart smile.  I know this song will always make Kori think of me.  Memories, the only thing that will outlive us!  Get out and make some!  I love you guys!!💕💕

 

I have to include a picture from Christmas!

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4 thoughts on “Tumor Markers

  1. Keep fighting. I think about you a lot.

    Great family picture.

    Love you Beverly

    On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 10:21 PM, Tammy Carmona wrote:

    > Tammy Carmona posted: “There are a lot of different opinions when it comes > to tumor markers. My first oncologist tracked my markers and believed that > they gave her an idea of how my treatments were working. My new oncologist > doesn’t worry abut them as much. I feel like I’m o” >

  2. My oncologist follows mine closely, unfortunately they match ,y progression to a “T” and she was ready to send me to hospice because of them last go (we also had a pretty bad looking MRI, but I would have rather been making the decision off of a PET-CT). Yay for Christmas! Glad it was special!

    • It’s good to see my markers going down but I also like to see scans! My spine is where I have had the most progression lately. I keep checking in on you and I’m always sending love. I’m so happy you have a wonderful husband by your side. I know mine is my rock!

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