Tumor marker numbers before Whipple

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Tumor marker numbers before Whipple

by kmerrill on Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:48 PM

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Hi,

This is my first post, but I've been lurking for a while to get any information I can!  My dad was diagnosed with PC in July and has since gone through 2 months of folfirinox and he'll finish radiation next week.  Does anyone know what is the highest tumor marker number you can go into surgery with?  His markers have been falling with the chemo and radiation but wasn't sure if there is a "magic" number that they should be before surgery. 

RE: Tumor marker numbers before Whipple

by FDoug on Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:10 AM

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I don't have an answer for you...suggest you ask your doc.  I'm not sure, but I think deciding to do the surgery depends on size of tumor (and location) more than marker number.

RE: Tumor marker numbers before Whipple

by bushy on Sat Nov 10, 2012 02:38 AM

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kmerril

I agree with FDoug it is more where  the tumor is located and if surgery is possible further investigations will play a major part in what the next step is.

bushy

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