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  • Johnnytc
    started a topic Elevated markers, thoughts?

    Elevated markers, thoughts?

    Hey everyone, my markers are up and my Oncologist says it's too soon to worry... but you know how it is.

    Here's a quick recap:
    Left Inguinal Orchiectomy August 2014 - Pathology indicated Seminoma Stage I (age 27 at the time)
    Relapse 9/4/2015 (Stage IIA) - treatment was 3 weeks of radiation
    Elevated markers on my last surveillance, CT scan (full pelvic) reported as all clear - Mid November 2018

    LDH rose from 198 on April 10 to 308 on November 5
    Beta HCG rose from 2 on April 10 to 6 on November 5

    The Oncologist ordered a blood test and chest CT for January 28. I'm concerned that it's 12 weeks between tests (I've read that the protocol for a situation like this is 4-6 weeks between retesting), and cynically wonder if it's because of the holiday season (my results appointment was scheduled for December 18th because I was out of the country).

    Am I overreacting? Should I try to push to expedite retesting?

    Last edited by Johnnytc; 12-21-18, 03:07 PM.

  • Johnnytc
    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for the replies

    They found a 3" tumor between my lungs, and an enlarged supraclavicular lymph node (left side - 1.18"). We did a pelvic PET and a head CT and both of those areas are considered clear. They took a biopsy from the clavicular lymph node but we're not waiting for results as it can be a few weeks. I'm starting 3x BEP on Monday.

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  • biwi
    Did you have any strenuous activity, sickness, or injuries right before your labs? That will also increase LDH.

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  • Davepet
    Lots of things besides cancer can raise LDH, how high was it when you were diagnosed originally?

    HCG at 6 is still pretty low, again how high was it originally?

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