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Reply was posted 01/31/2001 09:11 pm by David T.
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I didn't see the original message, but I have posted about my CA 19-9. I had a curative whipple about 4 and a half years ago. My CA 19-9 started rising over two and a half years ago, and I'm still working, with no sign of recurrent pancreatic cancer, so maybe that tells you something. My oncologist feels that they are very inaccruate, and that if I had recurrent pc, I would be ill or dead by now (hows that for diagnostic test!) So, I would not put much stock in even a risting tumor marker. I go by pain, weight and general feeling of health. I also had an attack of kidney stones about a year ago. Terrible back pain, tumor marker shot up and I was in agony. Of course my doctors all thought it was pc. I was going for an MRI when I passed the stone. Pain went away and tumor marker dropped. Goes to show that even the most obvious symptoms may not be what we think.

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