Thursday, July 12, 2012


More results- CA125 went up only by 1 this time, and last month's HE4 went up, but nothing that concerns the oncologist.  After talking about my latest test results, he asked if I had been around mice lately.  A very strange question!  He is wondering if I am having a Human Anti-mouse Antibody reaction.  When he said this, I had visions of Tom and Jerry and I wasn't sure if he was being serious or not.  But apparently mice antibodies are used in some treatments and radiology tests (not too sure about the details yet) and these can cause the CA125 test to show as elevated.  So my next blood test in 3 months will include one looking for the HAMA response.

An unrelated coincidence I'd like to note- I sat reading my book, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse waiting for the doctor.  The current intern came in to introduce himself, and guess what his name was?  Yes, it was Siddhartha.