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MARION was posted 09/30/2001 10:59 am by cirel
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Marion: i'm not sure i understood your response down below. as far as i know, the most common and least complicated measure of whether the cancer is responding to chemo or other treatments is the blood test CA19-9. that no. should be read at the initial diagnosis (in fact, that no. points the diagnosis) and establishes a base line. later on after treatments, surgery etc., new readings of that test will indicate as to whether the treatment is effective or not and whether another treatment should be considered. if your doc hasn't sent you to a lab for a blood sample to measure CA19-9, then tell him/her you want it done and then periodically later on. wishing you well. cirel

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