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I have breast cancer that went to my bones - now cancer markers are normal. What does that mean?

Martha  Phillips Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Alice Eisele Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    Martha, I went over to the Cancer Research Institude site and I found this information concerning Tumor Markers; "Tumor marker levels also may be used to check how a patient is responding to treatment. A decrease or return to a normal level may indicate that the cancer is responding to therapy, whereas an increase may indicate that the cancer is not responding. After treatment has ended, tumor marker levels may be used to check for recurrence (cancer that has returned)." Hope this helps Hugs from Alice
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  • Martha  Phillips Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    You are so nice thank you
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  • Alice Eisele Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    I don't know alot about cancer markers but from what I understand, they watch the markers to tell them if the cancer cells are growing or not. I would think that having cancer markers of normal would be a good thing at this time. It shows the treatment is working. The doctor will continue to monitor your numbers for changes. This would be a good question to ask your oncologist. I hope it is good news.
    over 7 years Flag
    • Martha  Phillips Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you

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  • Sue Flaska Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I have asked my onc about tumor markers. My 1st onc followed them, my 2nd onc didn't. He said they use them more to see if a person is responding to treatment. They do not use them as a diagnostic tool because they can fluctuate even if you have a simple cold. I haven't had them tested in about 6 years.
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  • Ramna Taylor Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I asked my onc the same question, he does not use them because the breast cancer markers are unreliable. They are only 53% reliable which means you get a whole lot of false positives & vice versa. I do wish this test were more reliable, I feel it would ease the minds of millions of us fighting the BC war.
    over 6 years Comment Flag

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