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amanda88amanda88 Member Posts: 1
Hi all,

I have received my mothers results from her cancer markers and they have decreased quite alot but we are so confused because her CT scan shows that theres new cancer spots on her bones and its increased since last scan. This doesnt make any sense and we cant see her oncologist till t=next week. Any advice or help is appreciated 


  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 4,791
    @amanda88 perhaps if you rang the Helpline at BCNA they maybe able to give you some direction on understanding the CT scan

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  • Lisa1407Lisa1407 Elwood, VictoriaMember Posts: 203
    Hi @amanda88, Sometimes cancer markers do not accurately reflect what is going on in terms of the disease. Has you mother's oncologist relied on them before? I know mine aren't really reflective of what is going on and my oncologist relies on PET and CT scans even though I still get CA153 blood tests. Unfortunately, my guess is that your mum's oncologist will rely on the CT scans (rather than the cancer markers) and may what to change treatments either now or soon. I hope this is not the case. Good luck. Cheers Lisa
  • StarGirlStarGirl Member Posts: 119
    Hi @amanda88, when this exact thing happened to me my oncologist told me that not all cancers produce the proteins that the tumour marker blood tests pick up, so you can have a recurrence or growth that doesn’t cause the tumour markers measured by the blood tests to rise. All the best X 
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