Topic: CA 19-9 ....what does this number REALLY mean?
I'm sure this question has been asked 1000X by 1000X CC patients.
We DID ask our Dr, he said it's one way to measure the disease load
in the blood (but I believe its actually the pancreatic cancer tumor maker--but
one of the best they can use for CC as well?) Right ?? Wrong??
What does this really indicate? How much should we "hang our hats on it"?
My husband is Stage 4 CC with mets to Lungs and Lymphs--the HIGHEST his
CA19-9 has been so far is 77 (I have seen HUGE numbers on here in the thousands and people have "felt fine"). When Kyle's was at 77 he felt like crap!
He's back in the "normal range" (33) for now...but is this an important number
to pay attention to ...or are other numbers MORE important indicators as to what's happening inside his body??