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Why my CA 19-9 keep going up?

Why my CA 19-9 keep going up?

Ask you oncologist: Without knowing your history, I have no idea. You need to ask your oncologist or the MD that is checking the test. ...Read more

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Is a 9 level normal on a ca 19-9 test?

Yes, it seems to be : It is in the normal range. Why did you have it done? ...Read more

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What is use of the ca 19-9?

It is a tumor marker: It is tumor marker( like psa, cea etc) used in pancreatic cancer as a screening tool , also other GI cancers, normal level is 37 units/ml. Also elevated in benign diseases also like pancreatitis, biiary diseases gall stones. ...Read more

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Ca 19-9 tells you about which cancer?

Ca 19-9 tells you about which cancer?

First, it is NOT: A screening tool. It can rise with injury or obstruction of any bile duct. Where it is most used is in exocrine pancreas duct cancer after diagnosis to monitor response to treatment. ...Read more

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I have an increasing ca 19 9 but low lipase and amylase levels. Could this indicate PC?

CA 19-9: This is a tumor marker that is often used in the setting of symptoms pointing to pancreatic cancer to differentiate this from pancreatitis. If elevated, it can be useful in following response to treatment. But there are much better tests now such as pancreas protocol CT, or EUS- FNA. No one would treat for cancer based on the findings you describe, but it should lead to more investigation. ...Read more

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What is the blood test ca 19-9 used as?

What is the blood test ca 19-9 used as?

A "Tumor marker": Ca 19-9 is elevated in ovarian, pancreatic and biliary cancers. But the levels are elevated in non-malignant disease as well, so it is not a good test for detecting cancers. It may be used to monitor the response of a tumor to treatment, if it was elevated prior to treatment. ...Read more

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I had a ca 19-9;testbmy results were 9 value, what does that mean? Is that normal. I also have chronic pancreatitis, with a lot ofpain.

I had a ca 19-9;testbmy results were 9 value, what does that mean? Is that normal. I also have chronic pancreatitis, with a lot ofpain.

CA 19-9 Results: The ca-19-9 normal range is any value that falls below 35 units per milliliter of blood. Generally speaking, if the ca-19-9 results are below 25 units per liter of ca-19-9 the person is considered to be healthy. ...Read more

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What is the blood test ca 19-9 done for?

What is the blood test ca 19-9 done for?

Pancreatic cancer: Although ca 19-9 is often elevated in patients with pancreatic cancer, it can also be increased in patients with other gastrointestinal cancers, cirrhosis, pancreatitis and diseases of the bile ducts. Likewise, even if there is a tumor in the pancreas, the ca 19-9 may be normal in approximately 10% of the population that does not express that serum marker. It needs to be interpreted in context. ...Read more

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My tumor maker: ca 19-9 is 10 is it cancer?

My tumor maker: ca 19-9 is 10 is it cancer?

WHY WAS IT CHECKED?: Tumor markers are not used to diagnose cancer. A biopsy for tissue diagnosis is the gold standard. Ca 19-9 normal range is 0 - 37 depending on your reference lab. Can someone with cancer have a normal level? Yes. When there is a diagnosis of cancer and ca 19-9 is elevated it can be used to indirectly monitor response to therapy. Ca 19-9 can be elevated with pacreatobiliary cancers. ...Read more

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