Mia: My onco has used tumor markers since my diagnosis. When I was having a/c, I would always see her before the treatment. At that time, I had a whole range of bloodwork done, incl CEA, CA 27/29. She also continued to do this once my treatments were complete at every 3 mo visit. This was how we knew that there was a recurrance. My CEA counts went from 12 to 39 in a 3 mo period. I am now on weekly treatments but see my onco every 3 weeks. She still runs the tumor markers. I am a strong believer in these tests and am thrilled that my onco uses them.
Thanks everyone for all the info. Seems there are conflicting opinions about the use of the test. But I am seeing my onc. next Wednesday and will be asking him about it. I'll let you all know what I find out. It just seems odd to me that I'm 4 months out from diagnosis (tomorrow) and I haven't had any other tests to be sure (this is hard for me to even type) the cancer isn't somewhere else. Sorry, thought I was doing so well with this but I guess I'm not. I haven't had trouble like this since the first month. It may have to do with this annoying back pain. It's SO weird! It started feeling a little better a couple days ago then it went right back to where it had been. It is not something I feel unless I move a certain way or it is touched. Then it doesn't feel at all like a pulled muscle or sore over worked muscle. It feels like something inside is swollen and extremely sensitive to touch. Along with it coming back I now have occasional sharp pains in the same region. This all reminds me of pains I had a year or 2 back that my mom thought was my gallbladder.
I can't wait to find out what is causing this.
There's your answer Debbie. Sorry it wasn't better news.