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  • AFP - Good news?

    Just had my first blood test result after going back to monthly testing following a rise in AFP.
    My HCG results were not in yet, but they have been steady at <2. On the other hand, my AFP had been rising over the past 6 months from 4.2 to 5.6 to 6.9 just last month. As of Friday's result, it was a 6.2, the first drop.
    Would, or could, a relapse show up as a rise and fall of AFP or would it be a steady rise? My labs still consider 6.1 as the top range, so I'm *just* above that. I'm still wondering if I shouldn't have taken my onco up on those 2xBEP rounds he offered for additional insurance, although I'm sure I'm not the only guy on the board who has given himself and ulcer laying awake at night wondering what this or that random pain means....
    So, anyone roller coaster before relapsing? Anyone roller coaster and then be find?
    __________________________________________
    Left I/O Aug 06 2004 - Dr. Vitas / Rockledge FL
    RPLND Oct 14 2004 - Dr. Foster / Indianapolis IND
    Seminoma & Embryonal Cell Carcinoma mixed
    Stage IIa

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    This link comes in handy again.
    Scott, [email protected]
    right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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    • #3
      I would think that 6.2 vs 6.1 is within the error range of the test. You really don't appear to have a sustained rise in APF. Scott's link is an excellent source of information. At this point, all you can really do is keep monitoring and try not to worry too much. If I were in your place, I think I could be happy with the most recent results.

      BTW are you still having chest pain, and how is you BP?

      Best wishes
      Fish
      TC1
      Right I/O 4/22/1988
      RPLND 6/20/1988
      TC2
      Left I/O 9/17/2003
      Surveillance

      Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will; to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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      • #4
        My AFP 2.1->.....->5.9->....3.9
        2005-03
        Stage III EC 85% + Sem 15%
        AFP=2.6; HCG=10, 20,28 and rising
        FULL CAT scan:
        -abdominal lymph clear
        -subpleural lungs metastasis [bipulmonary lesions with diam <= 1cm]
        4 x BEP changed to 3 x BEP at my request
        from 2005-05....Surveillance

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        • #5
          Fish,

          Yes, I was very happy just to have it drop! Still wish it was lower, though. Reading AdrianB1971's reply below yours, I got the answer I was looking for, as his level goes up and then down.

          The chest pain is less, but it still comes and goes. It only started since I began Androgel a few weeks ago. My Testosterone level was 274 as of last weeks test, up from ~180. My theory is that it took a bit for my body to let the bottle do the work and slow up natural production and maybe my testosterone level shot up pretty high and then settled down before the blood test. Not sure though, my regular doctor gave me an EKG (normal) and is going to send me to a cardiologist for a stress test. I laughed and told him I have plenty of stress in my normal job...didn't need more.

          Well, hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend, I just spent 16 hours working in the Launch Control Center firing room trying to get the Space Shuttle off the pad. Maybe tomorrow!

          Take care,
          Jeff
          __________________________________________
          Left I/O Aug 06 2004 - Dr. Vitas / Rockledge FL
          RPLND Oct 14 2004 - Dr. Foster / Indianapolis IND
          Seminoma & Embryonal Cell Carcinoma mixed
          Stage IIa

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          • #6
            Congratulations on the successful shuttle launch. It was spectacular, best fireworks of the whole day.
            Fish
            TC1
            Right I/O 4/22/1988
            RPLND 6/20/1988
            TC2
            Left I/O 9/17/2003
            Surveillance

            Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will; to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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