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  • What Was Your Hcg And Afp Count...

    just a fast questions to all of you RPLNDers.....
    Dr Bosl was saying that he wanted Brians markers to be down to zero before his surgery.... what were your markers when they did you RPLND?

    Im just really curious because Brians is really low (2.9) and i hope that Dr. Sheinfeld doesnt tell him that he needs more chemo! or they cant do the surgery until they are zero yikes!!!

    Fiance Brian, dx:stage IIIC non-sem 4/18/07
    mets to lungs,liver,abdomin,large tumor near kidney
    hcg was 176,000!
    completed 1 rnd of TIP(had bad reaction to taxol)
    BEPx3 until 7/13/07
    7/26/07 post chemo ct-scan shwd shrinkage & fewer lung tumors
    10/17/07 @ MSKCC Liver FREE of cancer! necrotic & small focus of teratoma.
    AFP & HCG normal
    12/7/07 RPLND,right orchiectomy @ MSKCC
    12/18/07, rcvd pathology,all clear! no cancer!
    2/11/08 -Lung surgery dne @ MSKCC

  • #2
    Here's an educated guess. Zero does not literally mean 0.0; my guess is that it is a relative term which essentially means "within normal range" and not going up. Judging by Brian's decreasing markers, I'm sure he will be all set.
    "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
    11.22.06 -Dx the day before Thanksgiving
    12.09.06 -Rt I/O; 100% seminoma, multifocal; Stage I-A; Surveillance; Six years out! I consider myself cured.


    • #3
      Hi Dawn, I agree with Fed. There is a normal range that the levels can fluctuate between. If you ask for a print out of the lab slips, the result will be listed and then next to the result will be the normal expected range. Many lab tests have variable normal ranges and as well, different lab equipment results differently from facility to faciltiy. It can get confusing, but labs outside of the normal range are what they are looking for. Even when the labs are outside of a normal range, that can be expected in some cases. Keep in mind that these doctors go to school for 8-10 years. It is good for us to keep asking however. Your train is certainly on the right track! Yes, they want the cancer killed before the surgery. It is good that Brian's markers are low!! You go girl!!! Sharon
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      • #4
        i agree with Fed. As long as the markers are within normal range it will be a go for the RPLND.
        Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

        Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.


        • #5
          I also agree with Fed. Boyce's markers were 4.1 for AFP and .5 for HCG when they did the RPLND
          Co-survivor with husband Boyce, Diagnosed 7-11-06, orchiectomy right testicle on 7-12-06- Stage 3A: Mixed germ cell tumor with inguinal seminomatous and kartotypic carcinoma. One tumor over 10 cm, second tumor 4 cm, Chemo 4xBEP: Bi-lateral RPLND Dec 2006, nerve sparing but left sterile.
          Current DVT
          Current testosterone replacement therapy, Testim.

          "You must abandon the life you planned, to live the life that was meant for you" ~wisdom I have learned from my family on this forum