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Tumor Marker was posted 04/30/2002 12:16 pm by RR
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My father was diagnosed with a recurrence 10 weeks ago. He was given the proverbial 'You have 4-8 months to live' talk. He chose to pursue chemotherapy and seems to be responding well to the treatment. He is taking Gemzar through weekly infusions and is currently taking Xeloda in tablet form.

Since his diagnosis of recurrence, his tumor marker count has dropped from 5,000+ to 561 as of last Wednesday. His last CT Scan 4 weeks ago showed a shrinkage of the tumor from 6.7 MM to 4.4MM. I must say that the chemotherapy has greatly improved his quality of life as this regimen is low in toxicity. Can anyone tell me the significance of the decrease in tumor marker count?

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