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blood tests & management plan was posted 05/24/2018 10:44 pm by John1121
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Thanks, me.

My care center does a large slew of blood tests -- I think all those that you mentioned plus a whole lot more. The only one I am not familiar with is CEA. Does it stand for something?

I just finished the 6th chemo cycle and this week had a CT scan and most of the usual blood work. My case is a bit complicated and perhaps unusual. The tumor is up against and possibly involved with the small intestine and involved with the splenic artery and splenic vein. The tumor has basically not changed size since it was discovered in early November of last year. The CA19-9 has dropped from around 35,000 to just below 2,000.

The CT scans have never shown any cancer anywhere else and there has been the generation of new blood vessels. Normally, the tumor's involvement with the blood vessels would preclude surgery, but the formation of the other vessels provides my surgeon with this option.

Before there is a go-ahead on the surgery, however, they want to be sure that the cancer has not spread, so they are going to do a staging laparoscopy. My surgeon seems very optimistic on the results and has scheduled both this test, the removal surgery and a follow up visit. There has been no discussion of radiation.

Cheers,

John1121

PS ~ I became suddenly diabetic at the age of about 67 a few years before the tumor was discovered. It is now viewed as an early sign that I had pancreatic cancer.

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