Initially I asked my family doctor to order every blood cancer marker I knew of just to be sure I took care of every possible scenario. They took about 8 vials of blood to fulfill that “order” and I ate up almost all of my diagnostic dollars that I get for the year with my health insurance. I work primarily for myself and part time so I pay for my own insurance which is great unless you need to have a lot of tests, pathology or blood work done! I now know that there are only a few key indicators that I will monitor closely in addition to the regular blood panel. I only wish I had these blood markers done early in my diagnosis so I can compare them to where I am now. All I know now is that they are all in the normal range. Were they all not normal before? I know my protein and Vitamin D levels were low but that is all I know.
These are the blood markers I suggest monitoring for breast cancer. If any one knows of others – please comment.
- CA 27.29
- CA 15.3 (same as 27.29 so redundant – select 27.29 in place of this one)
- Vitamin D (get done every 2 yrs – usually doesn’t change much after you get your levels up with a supplement)