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Liver Function Tests & CA19-9 was posted 11/30/2009 05:11 am by Nancy in CA
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Wondering if anyone has definite information on the relationship between high liver function tests and the CA19-9. I will give history of Ken below but the last time he had his CA19-9 taken at MDA his alkaline phosphatase (one of the liver function tests) it was very high - 750 (normal around 80?) I believe and his CA19-9 rose to 38 - two months prior his CA19-9 was 20 and liver function tests relatively normal. To complicate matters even more, he has been on chemo break since August 2009, so he was just finishing up his GTX Xeloda dosing when we saw the doc. in August 2009. Then he had two months off chemo, CA19-9 went up to 38 in Oct. Now it's time for check up on Dec. 7 & 8 and we're getting nervous. Any reliable/documentable/personal experience info would be appreciated. This disease never gives up.

History: Diagnosed 3/08, whipple 4/08 (pancreas totally removed). GEMOX then 5 weeks radiation. Recurrence by 10/08. CA19-9 never returned to normal - 150 after surgery, lowest it go was 73. By Nov. up to 400, local docs gave up, went to MDA. God Bless, Nancy

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