Significance of Tumour Markers

After having been on Tyverb/Xeloda for 20 months my blood test results have shown a steady climb in tumour markers recently - currently at 40. I have had a CT scan and having bone scan tomorrow so should get the results next week. Medical staff not very forthcoming when I ask about marker significance - could anything else cause increase? First diagnosed in 2004 and has since spread to spine/ribs. Recently had a 3 week chemo break while I have much needed cataract surgery but am now beating myself up that the break allowed the cancer cells to get going again. Any help gratefully received though guess is just a waiting game til get the results!

Hi Tools

Whilst you await replies you are very welcome to call our helpline for further information about tumour markers I am sure they will be able to help:

The helpline is open Mon-Fri 9-5 and Sat 9-2 on 0808 800 6000

Best wishes
Lucy

what are tumour markers, as i was CUP they said they couldnt do tumour markers. ie they never found the tumour?
thanks