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Karen was posted 04/30/1998 07:09 pm by evaj
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It's a tumor marker, meaning a substance which becomes elevated in the blood of PC patients as the tumor grows. However, sometimes it remains within normal levels thru the entire course of PC. Its greatest value is to monitor chemotherapy. Mine was greatly elevated when I was diagnosed and went down to 11 (normal: up to 30) after radiation/5FU. 10 months afterward it started increasing again (recurrence) and is now at 3,800. I've just started Gemzar and do not tolerate it well, so I don't know how much effect it will have. If your Mom just started Gemzar, that's a good sign. To read more about tumor markers look at JHU's home page.

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