CA 19-9 Levels - What is High Enough to Cause Concern for Prognosis?
My husband was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He presented with bad gastritis and quickly became jaundice. He was admitted to the emergency room where several tests revealed a mass at the head of his pancreas. There does not seem to be evidence of spread. The recommendation is for 3 months of chemo (on 3 different drugs) to shrink the tumor, then surgery to remove the tumor followed by 3 more months of chemo. His CA 19-9 level is over 2,000. Should we be concerned about this tumor marker on its own? I have read conflicting things. Has anyone had success at shrinking the tumor so that it can be removed?
Any insight would be so helpful!