• Diet and CEA levels

    Asked by pmooty on Sunday, January 26, 2014

    Diet and CEA levels

    Just curious about CEA in patients who have been treated for colorectal cancer. They did not test mine before surgery. I'm not sure what it was during chemo, the doc just said "negative or insignificant." I did not think it important, but when chemo was complete he did mention the level and that they like it below 3. It was 5 at the first post treatment check, 3.8 at the next, then 3.6 this last time. I realize it's trending down and that is good. I'd love to see it back below 3. I'm eating primarily a plant-based diet and exercising, following the blog chrisbeatcancer.com. I was wondering if anyone has used diet to see a change in blood levels and/or reverse cancer or chemo effects?

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    • pmooty's Avatar

      Thanks Barry! Love that answer. I need to be more diligent. I have made some big changes but could do better.

      almost 6 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      Mine was 1.6 the day I was diagnosed with colon cancer from Colonoscopy. So not an indicator that I had cancer. At most it peeked to 3.8 during chemo and back to 1.3 now over a year out of chemo. To me it is not something I worry about. I have changed my diet since diagnosis and more recently to work on fighting fatigue that still plagues me.

      almost 6 years ago
    • pfordeb's Avatar

      I too had a low CEA count and below 5 is insignificant. Mine went up a little during chemo, which I was told was typical, but it was always below five. I am bad with diet, but I still don't have much of an appetite. I just finished oral chemo last month. I rarely ate meat before I got sick so that is not a problem, but I am bad about sweets. I still have an Ensure every day to keep up my protein and that sort of satisfies my sweet tooth. Sugar is supposed to feed cancer so that is what I need to quit. I am IIIa. What stage are you.

      almost 6 years ago

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