Monday, March 8, 2010

Grades and Tumor Markers

At midterm, I have three A's. Psych Grade has not been posted yet, dadgummit. I'm pretty sure that it is very close to an A, but it might be a B.

I had an appointment at the Cancer Center today, and I was dreading it something awful. Not sure why. Maybe it was just as simple as I just have been so busy that I have not had time to think about cancer. I kind of liked not thinking about cancer. Today, I had to. Tumor markers have increased, but I saw a new doctor today, from Philadelphia. She thinks that there are a lot of unanswered questions. She wants to put my case before the Tumor Board. Never even heard of a tumor board before. We had a very interesting conversation. She says that if this is cancer, it is not an aggressive cancer, not by any means. Just in the conversation with her, I learned so much that I did not know. So many questions were answered. I felt good about the office visit, despite those stinking tumor markers. Sometimes, I think that having a new set of eyes looking at a situation helps.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

You should be so proud of yourself in the midst of dealing with this stinking cancer that you have made such wonderful grades. Way to go!!

I'm so glad the cancer is not aggressive. I hope the tumor board sheds some light and answers those questions for you.

I'll be praying,

Kerry Osborne

Kelly said...

Tumor board? Hmmmm. Interesting. I'm sorry for the increase, but glad to hear that it doesn't appear aggressive. That's encouraging!

Great news on the grades!!!

nanatrish said...

I will be praying for you. Your grades are dynamic! You are doing great in school. I have to catch up on your posts. I have been away. Please help me pray about my inspection at work. trish

Jayne said...

(((hugs)))

BUSH BABE said...

Gosh... riding with you is one hell of a rollercoaster. Yay! for the grades (of course) and Jeez! for the tumour markers and a guarded 'Good-oh' for the new doctor...
Hugs
BB

bill of Wasilla said...

Congratulations, honor student.

As for the tumor markers, I'm glad you have nothing aggressive, but I wish it would just go.

Chez said...

What a champion you are Deb! Great news an the grades front and especially with so much going on with your cancer journey.
My tumour markers have always been low so I have learned not to live by them. Interesting that there is a Tumour Board.
New doctor a bonus!
Overall. Well done!

Debby said...

Everyone: Chez is correct. Tumor markers cannot be relied upon. They are an indicator, nothing more. So, while they are indicating that things could be going on, cancer could be 'regrouping', the fact is, who knows. She spent a lot of time with my records, and has questions. For instance, the areas of activity on the PET scan. She says that there are a couple tests that can be done to indicate whether this is arthritis or bone metastases, and she believes that they should be done, that waiting to see whether something turns out to be cancer is the wrong approach. Because of all the red flags, but no conclusions, she wants the case looked at and discuss how the case should be handled. Her comment that 'IF this is cancer, it is not aggressive' was meant in the context of looking at the worse case scenario. There are lots of questions, but nothing really definate. She's very proactive, and I guess that I'm more comfortable with that approach.

When one is talking about cancer, believe me, being a woman of mystery is not a good thing.

Caroline said...

I had a conversation with a friend yesterday. Her tumor markers went two points over normal. The doctor offered more tests and she declined and said tumor markers go up and down and she has more tests scheduled for May already and is happy to wait until then. You might ask how far out of normal they were and if you could have them retested in a few weeks before jumping on the test bandwagon. Good luck and congratulations on the As!

Mrs.spit said...

I'm proud of you.

And sending hugs and prayers about the tumor board. I'm glad there is such a thing.

A Novel Woman said...

Congrats on the good grades and let's hope the Psych grade is a good one too.

As for the other, I'm glad you have a doctor who is on top of things and willing to answer questions. What a gift after some of your other experiences. Let's hope it's all good news from now on.

Debby said...

Unfortunately, it's not a slight variation in numbers. Who knows what it means at this point?