chrismelb wrote:Cancer counts (tumour markers) are a bit contraversial and my onc doesn't use them. Most oncs do but they can be very unpredictable. From what i gather the counts are done and monitored in coordination with symptoms/scans etc. Some people find them reliable with their own personal disease but many don't. I think if your Mum's pain etc is stable and her counts are stable, maybe they are in sync
sorry for later reply .
TMs are not reliable in everyone ...thus why its so controversial. Its the trend they make over time that is important...regardless of the number. ie the number stays the same, it often means the disease is stable.I was told once there is always a 10% variable in blood tests....but dont quote me on it!
Drs dont treat patients on tms alone, they look at other factors like pain, discomfort and take quality of life into consideration as well as what the patient wants.
Drs often vary the dose of Xeloda, it is quite normal to do so.
I hope that your mum continues to respond well with Xeloda....she is lucky to have you as her daughter