Hi ladies , sat waiting for next lot of chemo after surgery, had blood s done , my Ca125 has gone from 36 after surgery and first three sessions of chemo , to 136 today , how can this be ? There was no evidence of disease after surgery , I’m so worried that it’s back already, and it’s only been five weeks . Thanks .
Ca 125: Hi ladies , sat waiting for next lot of... - My Ovacome
Ca125 often rises after surgery due to inflammation which hasn't yet settled. Mine rose too but then dropped again after chemo no. 4. Try not to panic (although not easy) as it will probably drop down again. xx
Did you pick up on and read RonLitber 's post of 3 days ago. She posted an article which explains about the CA125? Worth reading .
I am sure you have nothing to worry about, so many other factors can raise it... and everybody is different. My lowest ever was in the 200's so i never got back to anything like a normal score... it's more about your symptoms and how you feel.
You have done so well ( you were a nervous wreck at the beginning of this unwanted journey I remember!)
Love Janet 🌈
Hi Janet, you are so right , I couldn’t see my way through this lot , it amazes me how everyone copes with all the stress and worry , this site has been a god send to me , everyone is so kind and helpful, even when they are going through tough times themselves, I am truly grateful xxx
After the first op, all much lower as would hope, but 18 months later after the second with the Greek Professor in London we all talk of, it shot from its pre-op of 110 to 256. My GP was beside himself with concern for me so delved into academic papers and found several which stated this was a pattern in some people due to inflammation. That 256 of mine in March 2013, just one month after the op., is the highest it has been. Mine gradually lowered over that first post-op year and has now been between 8 and 15 for the last four years. Our fingers are still tightly crossed....
Fingers crossed too for yours to lower and keep there.
Warmest wishes, Lesley
Which chemo are you on? Are you having CA monitoring every three weeks? Have you asked for HE4?
You’re doing great with the treatment 🤗
Lily-Anne asked the question I was going to ask. What chemo is involved with your treatments? A few cause numbers to rise for several treatments before it starts going down. Doxil/Caelex is one. Don't worry. Any information can affect numbers, too. Hugs! Jill
Hi Sheila. The Ca125 rising freaks me out as well. But: What does your oncologist suggest? Is he concerned? If not, then you can feel re-assured that it's nothing to worry about right now.
Hopefully it is just a normal fluctuation and will drop on its own, and you can concentrate on the chemo for now. If it really doesn't drop though, you should still have a scan scheduled after chemo, which would pick up any possible cause for concern.
Fingers crossed for your remaining treatment. Maus
Prof not concerned he said numbers rise after surgery, having a scan after third treatment, just when I thought I could relax for a bit , must be very aggressive if it’s back after five weeks .
Love Sheila xx
Hi lovely, you’re still only a month post op, there possibly will still be some inflammation and that can cause the CA125 reading to rise, there are lots of other factors like infections that can affect the reading, it’s very common to get UTI’s both post op and during chemo could there still be a little bit of infection there?. If the prof isn’t concerned I really wouldn’t be either, easy said I know. Give it a little more time and if the reading is still a little raised next time ask if there could be an underlying cause other than the cancer.
Good luck with the chemo, big hugs ❤️Xx Jane
Thanks Jane , just when I thought thing were picking up , does the worry never end , tired out from yesterday xxx
It really never fully goes away, we just get better at living with it. You’ve had a little glitch but the prof isn’t worried and he’s the man who knows so try to take comfort from that. It’s always tiring at clinic times, it’s the waiting for results that’s really tiring together with sitting about and waiting for appointments and we’re always anxious when we go to Christies, I know I always am. Hope you feel a little brighter soon lovely, you can do this and we’re all here for you ❤️Xx Jane