Topic: Concerns about tumor markers
I was recently diagnosed with PSC and subsequent CC. A tumor was not found, just some abnormal cells that were malignant. I have since completed the 3 week radiation/ chemo treatment protocol here at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fl, had imaging studies and was put on the liver transplant waiting list a little more than three weeks ago. I am taking Xeloda daily up until when I am called for transplant.
Since then I have had blood work done and my CA-19 tumor marker was elevated to 101. My oncologist told me that it was not necessarily reflective of the cancer and could be due to the radiation treatments I received. He also said tumor size is considered to be more important than tumor markers.
If my tumor markers remain elevated they will have to intensify my chemo. I was wondering if anyone has had similar experiences? I am just worried that time could possibly become a negative factor while I am waiting for transplant, but the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville has shown good success transplanting patients in a timely fashion.
Is any of this cause for concern?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.