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tests was posted 05/16/2018 04:38 pm by me
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My Mom's doctors also followed the marker CEA. For some people with PC, the CA19-9 doesn't rise/fall as reliably with their cancer, but CEA might. They followed both of those.

Interestingly, you don't tend to follow 'pancreas' blood tests (lipase, amylase) because rises and falls of these do not correlate with PC.

Our doctor also regularly followed CBC = complete blood count (which includes white blood cell count, red blood cell count and hematocrit, and platelet count) since these values tend to rise/fall with chemo.

Also, our doctor used to check 'CMP' = complete metabolic panel. This includes glucose (important to follow, especially if you have or develop diabetes), kidney function tests (which can vary with hydration levels and chemo) and salt levels (sodium potassium etc...) as well as liver function tests. The liver function tests are important to check as some of them tend to rise and fall with chemo (AST, ALT, alkaline phosphatase) and some of them rise if the pancreatic cancer is in the head of the pancreas and is obstructing/pushing on the ducts that drain the liver/pancreas and cause elevation in bilirubin levels, as well as alkaline phosphatase.

What is the doctor's plan with you? Is their goal to shrink the tumor for surgery, hopefully? Have they talked about whether radiation is an option?

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