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some ideas was posted 06/30/2009 03:06 pm by Anonymous
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I was told to always use the same labs for the CA19-9 because it could cause different results - although I can't imagine the swing would be that big. Also remember radtiation and chemo is still working in your body for several weeks after the actual procedures have stopped, which may explain the weird timing. Another thing, my doctor says that ca19-9 doesn't just track the acancer activity, if there are other things going on (infection, etc) it can change the numbers also. Several months ago I had to have a stent inplanted and there was a begining of an infection - the ca19-9 went up, the doctor waited for 2 more readings, before he decided the gemzar was no longer working (confirmed with a ct scan), which is when I went to folfox. Don't know if any of this pertains to your situations. For reference I have never had a reading under probably 1,000 on the CA-19-9. Mine got to I think 15,000 before I started the folfox, and so far it has been dropping now down to 1,500. -- Good luck with finding the cause/solution.

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