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2nd opinion, big time! was posted 04/30/2004 01:43 am by Anonymous
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Sorry to rain on your parade - but realistically I would get a 2nd opinion - HOWEVER, that depends on what you will do with that information - meaning, if the cancer is not in 'remission' what will your Dad do? Will he pursue more chemo? If the answer to that is yes, then he really should get a 2nd opinion - the blood test referred to by the oncologist is most likely the CA-19-9 - which is at best a bit of an indicator about the cancer, but it is far from a reliable diagnostic tool - very far - without a CT scan, there is no way to know what is definitely going on - also, many patients with pc do not have any change in their CA-19-9 level at all - it remains normal throughout the course of the cancer -



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