I would love if someone could share his experience in regard the CA 19-9 tumor marker related to pancreatic cancer.
My moms recently gone under surgery, she got a pancreas tail cancer removed.
My concerns are related to her current CA 19-9 Levels post-surgery:
My mom’s CA 19-9 levels were:
Pre-surgery CA 19-9: 49.7 U/mL
1-week post-surgery CA 19-9: 41.9 U/mL
1-month post-surgery CA 19-9: 44 U/mL (it did go up!)
We were hoping this level went down post-surgery (bellow 27) but it didn’t, ive read patients have worst prognosis when this level doesn’t come down post-surgery, any opinions in regards is much appreciated
Details about her Diagnosis:
Procedure: Distal pancreatectomy (tail of the pancreas).
Tumor site: Tail of the pancreas.
Tumor size: Greatest dimension: 1.6 cm (carcinoma).
Histologic type: INTRADUCTAL PAPILLARY MUCINOUS NEOPLASIA WITH ASSOCIATED INVASIVE DUCTAL ADENOCARCINOMA.
Edges examined: Proximal pancreatic parenchymal parenchyma.
Distance to the nearest edge: 2 cm.
Lymphovascular permeation: None observed
Venous vascular permeation: None observed
Perineural invasion: None observed
Regional lymph nodes:
N° of lymph nodes with metastases: 0.
N° of lymph nodes examined: 30.
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