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The CA 19-9 blood test measures the amount of CA-19-9 protein in the blood.
Frequently Asked Questions
To monitor pancreatic cancer and ongoing cancer treatment. CA 19-9 levels often fluctuates and rises as cancer spreads, and falls down as tumors shrinks.
Your doctor would recommend this test for you if you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or any other cancer caused by elevated levels of CA 19-9.
CA 19-9 is a type of tumor marker. Tumor markers are substances created by cancer cells or by normal cells in response to cancer in the body. Healthy people may have small amounts of CA 19-9 in their blood. Elevated levels of CA 19-9 are often a sign of pancreatic cancer. But at times, high levels can also indicate other types of cancer or some noncancerous disorders like liver cirrhosis and gallstones.
Since elevated levels of CA 19-9 can mean different things, the test is not only used for cancer but also for other conditions. It also helps monitor the progress of your cancer and the efficiency of cancer treatment.
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