Re: Question about tumor markers
I (actually my wife) have a similar but different situation, which i just posted about, looking for feedback.
But i can tell you, markers can be all over the place. My wife had same prognosis as your mom, very early stage - this was in 1986, and she has been cancer free since then, but a little over three years ago, her marker (ca 15-3) jumped from the normal range, in the 20's, to mid 30's. She has been closely monitored, since then, and it jumps around. Been as high as 42, but mostly high 30's. Last reading a few months ago, was 32.
The onco says, he wants to be careful so he will continue 6 month monitoring, but he feels strongly that this is probably her new baseline, sometimes these numbers go up for no explicable reason.
So my point is, and my reason for posting this is, DO NOT FREAK OUT. I know its very easy to say, i understand your concerns (i am going thru a thing where my PSA is up, and i am not having an easy time relaxing right now, so i totally understand where you are coming from). But it could very well be absolutely nothing. Just make sure she is followed closely, and look at the trend. If it trends up steadily, then the doc will probably order a pet scan. But right now there is nothing that exists or has been confirmed, that should freak you out. Concern, yes. freakout time, no.
Try to learn to take things as they come. Its a necessary skill when dealing with this disease.
I sincerely hope this helps you