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CA19-9 was posted 03/31/2012 11:14 am by Pat O.
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My husband was marker reactive from diagnosis. I believe it was about 350 at the time of his Whipple (2004). A few weeks after surgery (before treatments), his PCP decided to run it...the marker had doubled. PCP then thought he might have ran it too soon after surgery, while the body was still healing... He was correct...after treatments, the marker dropped down to normal range, and stayed that way until Feb. 11, when the cancer returned.

His oncologist never put too much stock in the markers. I learned here on this board to follow the CA19-9 if the patient is reactive, so we (I) always insisted it be run every 3 - 4 months. His oncologist did it when asked, but mostly the PCP would run the test. It was the PCP who eventually found it out of range...

My advice to you is to have a talk with your doctors. Good luck! Pat



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