Hi. I am new here. I was diagnosed with stage 4 OC in May and had an operation immediately (total hysterectomy and removal of two large tumours 22cm & 18cm). This was followed by 6 cycles of aggressive chemo and each cycle saw a dramatic drop in the tumour marker. At the end the marker was 10 and the third PET scan showed absolutely nothing at all.
We have begun monthly blood tests and consultation and the first blood test showed the marker rise to 19 and I had the 2nd blood test last week and it has gone to 44.
Although the doctor had explained to me that there is no cure for stage 4 and that it will recur I was not expecting it to be so immediate and had thought there would be a period of time when it would remain stable.
I am stunned especially as I had responded so well to the treatment - I continued to work full time throughout with just three days off for the chemo and rest the week of each chemo cycle.
It is very worrying. Why would it increase like this and so soon?