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Unread 08-21-2001, 02:01 PM
CA-125 blood test

Hello beautiful Sisters!! My ovarian cancer was found last year thanks to my annual medex which included a routine CA125 test due to cancer history in my family. After almost a year after my last chemo dose and close monitoring of the CA, last week it read 15, up from 10 three months before.

I would like to know if there are any of you out here who are being monitored with this test, and if anyone has ever had up and down readings?

I am praying and hoping that when I go back to test in 6 weeks, the reading will either be the same or lower!!

Thanks, Ana Maria
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Unread 08-21-2001, 02:57 PM
CA-125 blood test

Hugs Ana Maria!!

I am not being montored with the CA125, for me they use either the Beta or the LDH marker, so I can't help ya...but I wanted to say hi, and offer you some hugs.

Our dear Vicki, knows all about this test, and I am sure she will see this shortly and reply to ya. There are a few others here as well who are being monitored by that test as well, so check back often.

All the best to you Ana!!
Keeping you in my prayers!!
Unread 08-21-2001, 05:30 PM
CA-125 blood test

Hi Ana Maria!

So nice to hear from you, we've missed you on the boards! I'm very, very glad to hear you're doing so well! Happy almost anniversary! It's a wonderful feeling to be all done with it, isn't it? "15" is such a lovely little number, that's what my last one tested at too! (I do know we'd all love to see single digits each time)

A similiar jump occured during my treatments which triggered me asking about it, I think I had jumped from 10 to 18 in between treatments and started panicking. When I asked my oncologist about the levels fluctuating, he said that little fluctuations are pretty common. It can raise slightly due to things like minor viruses and such but really even go up and down a bit from week to week for no reason. He said as long as there isn't a big jump, especially one that jumps above normal they really don't worry too much.

My prayers are always with you, please keep us posted. We love to hear more SUCCESS stories!!


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Unread 08-22-2001, 06:02 AM
CA-125 blood test

It sounds like, after reading Vicki's response, that you should be celebrating! I'm glad that the slight rise is normal and hope that this makes you feel better!
Unread 08-22-2001, 02:28 PM
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Hi Ana, I have been monitored for two years now with this test because my Mom died of ovarian cancer about 5 years ago. my results have always been 20.3 which is high normal, they said anything below 30 was okay. I have surgery on Sept. 12th for a tah/bso to get rid of this yearly worry. Good luck to you>!!!
Unread 08-24-2001, 04:14 PM

When I had my first CA125 and it came back as 45, I did quite a bit of investigating and from what I can tell, fluctuations are okay as long as it stays under 30. Hang in there and sing and be happy!
Unread 08-24-2001, 08:51 PM
RE: MY CA-125

Thanks so much, sisters!! You made me feel better. As I wrote before, I hope next test is still normal. A friend who also has ovarian cancer and has been treated with the same drugs I had and by the same oncologist, told me today that in this kind of cancer, one is not considered in remission until 2 years AFTER the last chemo. Well, I sure am hanging in here!!

Thanks to all of you who answered my post.

Ana Maria
Unread 08-25-2001, 06:56 PM
CA-125 blood test

it sounds like you are still within normal limits and that is a good sign. Often there are a lot of little nothings that can push the numbers up a little, but as long as you remain within the limits of normal, all should be ok. I will never forget that Christmas Eve call from my doctor telling me that mine had dropped from 237 to "less than 6" (I guess that is too small of a number for them to accurately count.) My oncologist left me in the care of my regular ob/gyn (My choice, I didn't much like the oncologists office setup and the take a number atmosphere there) and never mentioned about re-taking the test after treatment or on any regular schedule. I asked my ob/gyn to do it to make me rest more comfortably. I go in for my next 4 month check (1 year!) in November, and I will have them draw blood for a CA125 again at that time. Just to make me feel better.

Good luck keeping yours down!


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