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ajbf
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my husband had a ct may 08 it show 7mm lesion. june 08 he had another ct, the lesion is gone, have my prays been answer? his CEA is 0.5 "great news" but his CA 19-9 is 98. now he ( not his DR) cancel his endoscopy and his octreotide test, because the live lesion is gone, or is it? what should i do? has this happen before? what dose it all mean? lesion /cea /ca 19-9...

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Sundanceh
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Hi, hope you are still around.

The CEA is a tumor marker for Liver. The CA-19 9 is a tumor marker that can be used for liver and the pancreas.

The CEA marker being down to 0.5 is good news. As far as the CA-19 9, I would keep an eye on that with your oncologist. Normal range is 0-37, so 98 is a number to be flagged, but it may not mean anything - this test can be a pos/neg test and I've heard conflicting news if the test is even reliable, but I get that test and pay attention to it.

My CA-19 9 numbers have been "off the charts" for years now. Last count I had was 380 and it has been as high as 700+ but neither the CT or PET scans can show any mass the last couple of years, so I never know what to think.

But my CEA's were 19.2 and went down to 0.7 and then last count was 1.5 still normal for the liver.

I would stay with any tests that you had scheduled and keep in close with your oncologist on what the next step should be.

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