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Pattie A was posted 03/31/2003 10:29 am by St. Gerard
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So sorry about the delay in responding, Pattie A. Don't have a computer at home, and so can't access the Board on weekends. (I know ... hoping to make it to the 1980s someday soon.) I wish I had a simple answer about your dear Dad and whether he should 'follow' his Ca 19-9 results on a regular basis. We're all so different when it comes to things like that. Some people tend to take comfort in information, and details, and research. (In my own case, I confess, I'm afraid it's sometimes for no better reason than that it creates for me the illusion of some measure of control. Although, that said, I must admit I do find that at least some level of information and 'PC vocabulary' is helpful in dealing with the doctors about progress and treatment options.) Other people may reasonably take a 'less is more' approach when it comes to the details. Still others are outright information-phobes! You know your dear Dad. More relevant still, he knows himself. So long as the proper tests are being taken, and the proper care is being given, it would seem to me it's up to Dad to decide how close he wants to get to the details. Perhaps even you or another loved one might consider following along for him, so that at least someone is 'staying close' as things develop (hopefully for the better!). Hope that helps! Sending prayers and hope. St. Gerard.

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