Since August he has been participating in a clinical trial of Gemzar, 5FU and Leutovicn(spelling?). After the first month of treatment his CA 19-9 went from 190 to 44. After two months of treatment the CA 19-9 went down to 29. I have read that 40 is a normal level. The CT scan shows some shrinkage of the tumor.
Does a CA 19-9 reading of 29 indicate that the tumour is inactive? My husband just finished his 4th month of treatment and they have not ordered another CA 19-9 test. I assume his oncologist will order another one at the end of his treatment (in January).
My husband looks great, has lots of energy, has a normal bilirubin count and has gained all of his weight back.
Is it possible to have a liver resection after chemo? I was initially told that this would not be an option because the cancer had spread before treatment. The seeding has never showed up on a CT scan.
Thanks in advance for your help.
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