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    Will someone share with me what a CEA marker is?

    Asked by LMM on Friday, January 4, 2013

    Will someone share with me what a CEA marker is?

    Had a nurse call and say my CEA marker is 2.9 what does this mean?

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      A CEA marker is a blood test that shows a substance in the blood that indicates the likelyhood of Colonm Rectl or Anal Cancer beig present . If thiis substance is found in large enought quantities it indicates the likelynood that there is active cancer some place in the body. Normal CEA is in teh low single digits and it can range uo to 100 or more. However, elevated CEA is not proo of cancer nor is low CEA proof that there is no cancer it is just guide of when to suspect cancer is still or again active in a peson that has had cancer.

      2.9 is borderline normal and no cause for alarm now. What you really want to know is how is it changing over time? If it goes up there is reason to look closer for other signs of active cancer. If i is going down it is an indication that treatment is working.

      Several months ago a mass appeared in my adrenal gland (in a CT scan), but my CEA had been dropping so my Oncologist and I were suspiscious enought that we wanted to have it biopsied to be sure. It turnd out to be cancer so the CEA was not a great indicator in this case.

      Good luck and we all hope you lower your score!!!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      CEA tumor marker is also used with other cancers such as breast and ovarian. I think below 4 is within normal limits.....

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Here is the link to our Anal Cancer page that may have more information to help you.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      The folks here can answer your question based on their experience, but I'm curious why you didn't ask the nurse what it meant. You are not expected to know all the medical terminology, but the providers won't know what you don't know unless you ask.

      over 7 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Yes, please call the nurse back and ask what the freak she is talking about. I have heard from male friends about how they were told they got their throat cancer because they were such studs when young (XXX and the HPV virus). That is all very well and good but, if that is the case, how the heck did a cancer tumor get, externally, behind my anus?

      I've mentioned that it took 13 years for me to get a diagnosis. During that time the tumor grew roots. By the time I got a proper diagnosis, it was a well established fungal plant. I was convinced to go through the XXX of "treatment" and am writing 10+ years the other side of that treatment, cancer free.

      I am bitter about my experience because the radiologist was not honest with me. I did ask questions, and a lot of them, because I needed answers to prepare myself and to even make a decision about how to submit and to which treatments. I was using alternative therapies (and not as complements) when I found new information regarding a new type of drug chemotherapy.

      Do not tie yourself up but get your questions answered by the professionals. If you don't understand what the nurse says, go to the doctor. If the doctor hasn't the time to answer your questions, find a different doctor or, at least, threaten to do so. When I found out I'd been misled by the radiologist, I quickly asked the oncologist for a different person and the oncologist (who I had carefully selected) acquiesced without asking a single question of me.

      They are talking about your body and your health. You NEED to know what they are talking about. Please speak up. If you can't do it instantly, that is understandable. Do it as soon as you realize you have questions of any sort.

      Few people here are doctors and their only training (which is likely pretty good) is specifically about themselves and their own health issues. Although your issues may be similar, people are like snowflakes, looking a lot alike but each uniquely individual once more closely examined. Also, time marches one and treatments and medical truths change with new knowledge obtained.

      Best healthy wishes for a complete recovery

      over 7 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Hmm ...I'm beginning to get upset with the site censorship.

      My first XXX was a longish English word, right there in the dictionary which describes an oral conection of a male mouth to the private groin area of a female.

      The second XXX referred to the lands where the Adversary dwells. I doubt that anyone will say that treatment is a walk in the park. I was treated some time ago and had twice as much radiation as anyone today might be expected to endure.

      I met a doctor when I was trying to recover at a gym who told me that there are meetings every 10 years (began as every 50 years, then every 25) where the medical community goes over the new information which has been learned. At those meetings, anywhere from 30%- 50% of what had been previously thought of as absolute truth, is tossed and abandoned in favor of new information.

      Ask. Ask more. Ask again until you understand and can asquiesce and follow whole heartedly.

      over 7 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Geekling, The site censor is a prude!!!!!!!!! Te words it XXXs out are way beyound the seven dirty words. Best to just laugh at them.

      over 7 years ago
    • Rosa's Avatar

      Carcino-Embryonic Antigen - tumor marker for colon cancer
      Expected value: non-smoker 0 -3.5 ng/ml
      smoker 3.5 - 10 ng/ml
      Mine was 2.63 and my onc said it was very good.

      over 7 years ago

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