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CA 19-9 results now was posted 01/27/2019 09:24 am by Angela Baker
E-mail Address: angelabaker716@gmail.com

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I see that you posted this back in May 2018. My husband was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer on May 21, 2018. By August his CA 19-9 was over 104,000. After several attempts at chemotherapy, he has yet to get a full dose due to low platelets, his CA 19-9 was just over 2,000 in November. However, since that time it has continued to raise. Over the last 2 weeks it jumped more than 20,000 and this is after the last 2 doses of 60% of his chemo. He has chemo every other week, he gets infused at the Cancer Treatment Center then comes home with a pump that he wears for 2 days. However, in Dec. 2018 his CT scan showed his pancreatic tumor had shrunk 1 cm and all of his abdominal tumors had shrunk. The Oncologist said she has no explanation since his tumors shrunk but his tumor markers are increasing. I am wondering if you have experienced this. He has no other health problems, his liver enzymes are normal and he does not have his gallbladder. She is supposed to call us this week hopefully with a plan as to what she is going to do. We obviously are nervous as when I asked the PA what it could be, she said it is possible that it is growing somewhere they can't see. I am not really buying this as he is doing so well. He is gaining weight, his hair has grown back in, he has pretty good energy levels (except right after chemo) and his pain is well under control. Any thoughts?

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