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    Old 03-15-2010, 03:11 PM   #1
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    40% rise in CEA in 4 month

    Im writing on behalf of my aunt that does not have access to Internet.

    She had Stage II colon cancer that was removed 2.5 years ago and was followed by adjuvant chemo and radio therapy.
    After that, her CEA readings were pretty stable and in the range of 1.5-1.9.

    Previous blood test was about 4 month ago and had CEA of 1.55. The one before that had CEA 1.49.

    On her last blood test the CEA unexpectedly jumped to 2.3.

    Naturally were all very worried. I know that CEA can fluctuate but this seems a rather big jump.

    Did anybody have anything similar in the past?
    I would greatly appreciate any comments.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Old 03-16-2010, 08:55 PM   #2
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    Re: 40% rise in CEA in 4 month

    Your aunt's CEA is within normal limits. There are things other than colon cancer that can influence a person's CEA level: Infection, stomach problems, gallbladder, etc. I am 6 1/2 years post surgery for Stage III Colon Cancer and my CEA has fluctuated in a random manner during this time ranging between <0.5 to 2.8. Sometimes it will go up for two or three readings and then go back down again. Also recently some labs have changed the testing procedure and the new parameters are somewhat higher than the old ones were. Check and see if all her CEAs have been done at the same lab using the same testing protocol. When was the last time she had a CAT of chest/abd/pelvis? If it has been a year since the last CAT then it might allay her worry if she had a CAT scan done.


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    Old 03-17-2010, 06:27 AM   #3
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    Re: 40% rise in CEA in 4 month

    Thanks for the reply.

    She had CT scan done about a month ago but i've read that CEA is forward-looking indicator, meaning that other signs of the desease tend to occur months after CEA rise.

    We'll try to get the next blood test sooner than usual just in case.

    Thanks again.

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