Topic: QUESTION ON CA-19-9 LEVELS
Hi everyone, it's me again with another question- you all have been an invaluable source of info for me!
Anyway, from what I have read the CA 19-9 level is a level based on protein shed by cancer cells. This is what my husband's levels have been and wanted your opinions on them -
When he first got diagnosed this past December: 174
April: 448 (this drop was after he started chemo so I was thinking the chemo was working???
Then last week, after they had to reduce his chemo drugs due to him not tolerating them well enough (in the hospital for 11 days.....) it jumped to 1400.
Of course, I'm freaking out seeing as it went down by 200 points, now up by 1000! My first thought is, now that they have reduced the dosages of his Taxol, Carboplatin and Xeloda, they aren't strong enough to do anything to the cancer and it's growing and spreading.
We see the oncologist next week THursday so of course, I will be asking him about all of this, but I value all of the experience and knowledge you all have too.
Any info you can give I would appreciate.