When I was diagnosed in late 1999, I did the bone scan, chest xray, blood work and that was about
it for staging. Have not had anything except routine bloodwork and liver enzyme tests since then. I had a bone scan and chest xray when I had pain in my sternum last year, which was determined to be arthritis from rads.
I found for myself, and have seen it in so many others here over the years, that during treatment, we feel EMPOWERED and strong and invincible. We know we are actively fighting the disease and it seems to be a much easier time. After treatment is a whole 'nother ball of wax. There is such a feeling of vulnerability and fear that sets in, and I think the reality of the whole cancer thing hits us.
Think of the emotional roller coaster we go on....from learning of the diagnosis, making decisions, having tests and then treatment.....when it is over, all that emotion has to come out somewhere, and anxiety seems to be a common way for that to happen.
I think my onc and his team subscribe to the point of view that Glenda mentioned. Some docs may do the markers after a diagnosis of mets, to help monitor the effectiveness of chemo. But for a stage I or II, they may have less value.
My advice, when you see the onc, ask about
the follow up/ surveillance plan. There must be one, even if it does not include markers. If the plan is not suitable, interview another doc.
And remember that you are normal! Life after cancer is very hard and not what we expected...and it takes a while to find a new normal. And most "non-cancer" people have no idea about
this,...they think you had the flu or something and are all done, all better. Hang in there, we're here with ya!