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Suffering from metastatic carcinoma. Undergoing chemotherapy. Blood test shows high ESR. Correct treatment?

My father was diagnosed with metastatic carcinoma 3 months back nd nw he is undergoing chemotherapy . 2 chemotherapies are done and nw aftr dat he had a blood test of CBC with ESR and found that ESR is 86. It has incrsd frm the earlier ESR. Can you please tell me what it shows? If the therapy is working or not? Plz Reply
Asked On : Wed, 12 Dec 2012
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ESR is raised in many conditions including cancer but you can not monitor the progress of cancer on the basis of ESR.
There are other parameters and tests like Tumor markers,MRI,bone scan ,PET scan etc to monitor the progress of any carcinoma.
ESR is a highly unreliable tool to monitor the progress of carcinoma.
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