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CA 19-9 Tumor Marker Numbers was posted 08/24/2015 09:34 am by DRae
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My dad is a 10+ year pancreatic cancer survivor. He was 61 when he was first diagnosed. His CA 19-9 numbers were in the 800's. He went through 18 months of chemo and radiation and survived stage 4 cancer with his tumor starting out bigger than a golfball and shrinking down to smaller than a marble. His cancer did not metastasize nor did he have any surgeries the first battle. Now we are 10 1/2 years later (age 72) and was recently re-diagnosed with another pancreatic tumor. His CA 19-9 number was in the 400's. This time it is only the size of a pea. However, the tumor has pushed on and blocked his bile duct (stint had to be inserted) and his duodenum (stint had to be inserted). He is currently in his 4th month of treatment with Gemzar and Abraxane. His most recent CA 19-9 number was 47. He has abdominal pain and we are having a hard time getting him to eat or drink. He has lost 20 lbs in just 4 months. Thankfully he is getting IV fluids 3 times a week because he was getting dehydrated. He says it hurts his stomach to eat and it is a struggle to get him to eat. He used to drink Ensure with extra protein, but won't even drink that anymore. Two questions: 1. If his CA 19-9 drops into the normal range (below 35) does that mean the cancer is inactive? Will he stop treatments? 2. Any suggestions on helping to increase his desire to want to eat. #KickingCancersButtAgain

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