• My CEA count went from 30 points to 60 points in a months time. any concerns or thoughts? I would appreciate any input....thank you all!

    Asked by Christiana3 on Thursday, February 7, 2013

    My CEA count went from 30 points to 60 points in a months time. any concerns or thoughts? I would appreciate any input....thank you all!

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      The increase could signal a cancer recurrence but a blood test alone cannot diagnose cancer. It could also be from any number of other causes including diverticulitis, IBS, smoking, pancreatitis, liver or lung inflammation, etc.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      Christina, CEA is just an indicator and by its self does not mean that cancer has spread or gottne worse, but it should cause your Oncologist to look closely for signs that your current chemo is not working. Cancer has a tendancy to get resistant to chemo so he may try a different kind of chemo. The good news is that there are several different chemo regimes for colon cancer, I know as I have had most of them myself. I am curretly on Stivarga, the latest one and it is pill form so no visits to the infusion center!!! Both 30 and 60 are higher than "normal" CEAs but I have herd of people with much higher numbers (well over 100) so I would not worry about it too much. Good Luck and let us know how it goes.

      over 4 years ago
    • Christiana3's Avatar
      Christiana3

      Thank you so much both of you, it does make me feel better. God Bless and hugs, thanks again!

      over 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      My CEA levels rose from initial diagnosis which was in normal range through 12 rounds of chemo before it started to drop back down at my 1st 3 month checkup. Here's my numbers: 1.6 1.7 2 2 2.1 2.4 2.4 2.8 3 3.2 3.6 3.8 3.6 2.6

      My Onc was never worried by it and therefore neither was I.

      over 4 years ago

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