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Initially diagnosed June 4, 2009 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage II,Grade II tumor size: 2-3 cm node positive ER/PR postive HER2 Neu - negative Current Diagnosis: Metastatic Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Grade 3 Mets: Scalp/skin, Liver, Spine, Bone ER/PR + HER2/NEU -

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Good News - Chemo is working!

I got my CA 27-29 tumor marker results back.  This is the test that initially detected the metastasis back in October 2013.  

This blood test measures a chemical in the blood that breast cancer tumors give off.  Here are the results for the past 3 months:

Nov2013 - 242.0 U/mL
Dec2013 - 114.3  U/mL
Jan2014  -   49.3  U/mL

Normal Range: .1 - 37.0 U/mL

This means I am almost down into the normal range, which indicates the chemo is working very well.  As long as these numbers hold, I can continue to use the Xeloda.  If the numbers start going up, it means the Xeloda has stopped working and it's time to switch drugs.  For now, the cancer is in check and responding well.


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