Elevated Liver enzymes??

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Elevated Liver enzymes??

Postby kpjpmom » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:58 pm

My liver enzymes were elevated during the last 5 rounds of my twelve cycle regimen. I am about three months out from chemo and they are still elevated. Just got the information from my gyn dr. How long does it take for them to go down? I will call the oncologist tomorrow to let them know. I am not due to see them until the middle of March. Just wondering if someone else has experienced this and if they go down slowly or could it mean anything else? Thanks. :roll:
DX March 2011 stg 3 cc
Kidney cancer May 2011
Folfox 6months (12 rnds)
It's Back! October 2012 colon resection, kidney removed.FOLFIRI/Erbitux starts Jan.2013
Completed FOLFIRI June 2013, Erbitux continues
March 2015 Met to spine. Radiation 15 treatments
Folfri, 5fu dropped after 3x, Erbitux and Iri continued CEA rising. Moved to
Folfox, Xeloda,Avastin until Feb. 2016 oxilap. Neuropathy returns.
Xeloda,Avastin continues.

Fede

Re: Elevated Liver enzymes??

Postby Fede » Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:25 pm

kpjpmom wrote:My liver enzymes were elevated during the last 5 rounds of my twelve cycle regimen. I am about three months out from chemo and they are still elevated. Just got the information from my gyn dr. How long does it take for them to go down? I will call the oncologist tomorrow to let them know. I am not due to see them until the middle of March. Just wondering if someone else has experienced this and if they go down slowly or could it mean anything else? Thanks. :roll:


HI,

Are you talking about the CEA 19,9 antigen ? or other specific enzyme ? it you are refering to the 19,9 wich is your actual level?
Tell your onc about it, if you are worried. Each human being is different as my friend Sky told me always, but generally after chemo It is going down slowly ...
Ask yourself if you are taking other medicine...
Check the date of your last PET/Scan...

After 12 rounds of chemo, I would say that is difficult to see any mets in liver...

The best wishes for you

Fede. :wink:

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Re: Elevated Liver enzymes??

Postby beth568 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:29 am

It took a couple of months for my liver enzymes to return to normal post-chemo. I'd still follow up with your onc, but if your levels were elevated for a long time through chemo, it may just take a while. It's an expected effect of the meds. My onc advised me to be a little extra careful about taking Tylenol and suggested that I take it easy on alcohol for a while, too (not that I drink more than an occasional glass of wine these days, anyway).
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Re: Elevated Liver enzymes??

Postby eitter » Tue Feb 28, 2012 4:10 pm

I reduced my Liver enzymes by 100 points by doing several things. I take pain meds and I went to pure Oxycondon with NO Tylenol in it. And then I drink hot lemon water every morning, yes that works! There is a book to buy about Liver cleansing and the lemon water is just one of many ways to help and it works!
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Re: Elevated Liver enzymes??

Postby jens22 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 5:14 pm

Funny Story about liver enzymes. Mine slowly went up during the end and after chemo. (Also As I gained weight after surgery). 18 months after I finished chemo they shot up. My AST and ALT were up in the 50s and 60's. I cried all wekkend thinking surely I had mets to the liver. My Oncologist said...we can repoeat and scan you. My primary said...try low fat diet and wait a month. After 3 weeks I had a repoeat that was back to normal. My primary said the AST and ALT are very sensitive to samples that may sit in the lab. So...Lab problem....Really?
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Re: Elevated Liver enzymes??

Postby kpjpmom » Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:45 pm

Thank you everyone for your responses. I will try the hot lemon water. Thank your for relieving my anxiety. I have called the oncologist office and they were to look at those labs and compare with the labs taken back in Dec. I am waiting for a call back. I appreciate the imput. Blessings to everyone. :D
DX March 2011 stg 3 cc
Kidney cancer May 2011
Folfox 6months (12 rnds)
It's Back! October 2012 colon resection, kidney removed.FOLFIRI/Erbitux starts Jan.2013
Completed FOLFIRI June 2013, Erbitux continues
March 2015 Met to spine. Radiation 15 treatments
Folfri, 5fu dropped after 3x, Erbitux and Iri continued CEA rising. Moved to
Folfox, Xeloda,Avastin until Feb. 2016 oxilap. Neuropathy returns.
Xeloda,Avastin continues.

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Re: Elevated Liver enzymes??

Postby hopeful » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:06 pm

My husband's liver enzymes were high through most of his Folfox treatments. It took a while afterward for them to get back to normal. They went back down slowly. His onc said this was pretty normal with the chemo. The high for his AST during chemo was 73 and ALT high was 151. It was about 6 months after his last treatment before they were in the normal ranges again.
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Re: Elevated Liver enzymes??

Postby Fede » Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:53 pm

eitter wrote:I reduced my Liver enzymes by 100 points by doing several things. I take pain meds and I went to pure Oxycondon with NO Tylenol in it. And then I drink hot lemon water every morning, yes that works! There is a book to buy about Liver cleansing and the lemon water is just one of many ways to help and it works!


Hi, Eitter

Wonderful advice, I will take notice about it.

Thanks.

A hug for you

Fede :wink:

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Re: Elevated Liver enzymes??

Postby cptmac » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:49 am

My liver enzymes went way up when I went to a top-rated local doc and they messed up my chemo. But eating organic food helped it go down much faster.
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