Red Bank, NJ
A 72-year-old female asked:
do i have pancreatic cancer?blood results show ca 125 is 443 ul/ml, ca 19-9 is 161.7 ul/ml, cea is 72.8 ng/ml.colonscopy & endoscopy clear. ctabdomen shows right and left adnexa lesions, enlarged lymph nodes.i am 17 years post total hysterectomy/opp
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
No: The markers mentioned are not tumor specific. As such they cant be use to diagnose presence of cancer. Rather they serve to monitor the situation. If a histologic diagnosis of pancreatic cancer has been made, progression in elevation of CEA or Ca-19.9 suggest failure to respond. If marker goes down then treatment is working. Liver cirrhosis can cause marked Ca 125 rise without tumor present
380 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 35-year-old member asked:
Is rapid heart rate and low blood pressure with the shakes a sign of adrenal insufficiency?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
6.1k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 40-year-old member asked:
What could be the cause of swollen glands in my neck, fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, and itchy eyes?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
6.3k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 34-year-old member asked:
What blood thinner can I take after my carotid surgery if stomach ulcers make it impossible for me to take aspirin?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
It depends: Generally Aspirin is still safe in those with a history ulcers so long as acid medications such as omeprazole, nexium, (esomeprazole) protonix, prevacid, etc are taken along with it to prevent recurrence. You should have taken a similar medication to heal the ulcer. If you are allergic to Aspirin or intolerant for some other reason a medication such as Plavix may be reasonable. Discuss with your doctor.
6.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 31-year-old member asked:
I'm trying to determine whether my teenage daughter should receive the HPV vaccine to help prevent cervical cancer. Since it's a new vaccine, i'm concerned about the safety of it. What risks should I be aware of?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Very safe: The media has made this seem like a controversial vaccine. The safety profile is very well studied and clear. The most common side effects are pain at the injection site & fainting in the first few min after injection. The "shell" of the vaccine is the same as the hep b vaccine which has been around for over 40 years. 70-80% will contract hpv over their lifetime.
6.4k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 24-year-old member asked:
I experience a lot of stress, anxiety and panic. I've been checked out (blood, thyroid, x ray, EKG, urine) for palpitations and the doctor says it's anxiety. What should I do?
4 doctor answers • 10 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Anxiety: If there is no physical cause then this is psychological. Make sure you are not using recreational drugs or alcohol as these can cause your symptoms. Call your doctor for a referral to psychiatrist that can determine the cause of your problem and treat you properly. No matter what be sure you are living a healthy lifestyle.
6.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Mar 16, 2021
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.