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MIKE was posted 09/01/2005 01:19 am by Queenie
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Hi Mike,

Sorry the numbers have went in the wrong direction. I remember hating to look at the tests. In regards to your questions...the CA19-9 is a tumor marker but many things can make the numbers move. Also you can have one patient who is miserable with at CA19-9 of 67 and another like my mom who had 850 at diagnosis and was still working. That is why you cannot depend on tumor markers alone to predict how the patient is feeling. What it does do is help the oncologist to know if his chemo is working. As long as the numbers are going down he will be able to tell his chemo is working. Keep her eating and in my experience away from sugar. We were told cancer feeds off of sugar and really likes it. Sometimes the cancer robs the body of nutrition and is one reason why some may lose weight even while they are eating good. Just pump her with as many calories as possible.

Much Love to you Queenie

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