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THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF SCHEDULED BLOOD TESTS
It is important to measure the successes or losses in regard to treatment-associated tumor response. Evaluating tumor markers in the blood or tumor imagery provides a basis for calculating regression of the disease. In addition, tumor markers provide direction for introducing other therapies if failures are evidenced.
|Table 1: Type of Cancers and the Tumor Marker Used for Assessment|
|Type of Cancer||Tumor Marker Blood Test|
|Ovarian cancer||CA 125, CK-BB|
|Prostate cancer||PSA, PAP, prolactin, testosterone|
|Breast cancer||CA 27.29, CEA, alkaline phosphatase, and prolactin (or CA 15-3 rather than the CA 27.29)|
|Colon, rectum, liver, stomach, and other organ cancers||CEA, CA 19-9, AFP, TPS, and GGTP|
|Pancreatic cancer||CA 19.9, CEA, and GGTP|
|Leukemia, lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s disease||LDH, CBC with differential, immune cell differentiation and leukemia profile|
It is also important to evaluate the effectiveness of immune-boosting therapies and guard against anemia and therapeutic toxicities. At a minimum, a monthly complete blood chemistry (CBC) test that includes assessment of hematocrit, hemoglobin, and liver and kidney function should be done in all cancer patients undergoing treatment.
An immune cell test should be performed bimonthly, measuring total blood count, CD4 (T-helper), CD4/CD8 (T-helper-to-T-suppressor) ratio, and NK (natural killer) cell activity. Also consider tests measuring cortisol levels (Cortisol am and pm) and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone that may be elevated 10-12 years prior to a diagnosis of cancer. For information regarding test availability call (800) 208-3444.
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