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by michelle c
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Terrified of rising trend (another CEA post)
Replies: 6
Views: 1858

Re: Terrified of rising trend (another CEA post)

Yes, it can definitely make a difference going to a different lab where they use a different assay/testing. I always go to the same lab for this reason as I want an accurate result based on my previous results at the same lab. Consistency with labs is definitely the key to receiving an accurate pict...
by michelle c
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Nervous CEA rise
Replies: 12
Views: 1958

Re: Nervous CEA rise

I truly understand your concerns. I have been in your shoes many times, whereby I have worried about small rises. I have learnt a lot about CEA blood results, and I very much doubt that this small rise is anything to be concerned with. I have had numerous CEA tests and it’s normal for it to fluctuat...
by michelle c
Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Approaching 3 years NED Soon but CEA at 5.9 recently..
Replies: 9
Views: 2595

Re: Approaching 3 years NED Soon but CEA at 5.9 recently..

“Don’t worry about it” Easier said than done eh?
It’s normal for it to bounce around a bit. Hopefully at your next test it would have gone down.
Hang in there! :wink: :)
by michelle c
Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Stage 4 in Australia.
Replies: 23
Views: 5437

Re: Stage 4 in Australia.

Hi there, I don’t agree that treatment in the US is more aggressive than Australia. It depends on a lot of factors including doctors and even patients seeking alternative options. Our healthcare in Australia is excellent and doctors/oncologists follow recommended treatments and are up with the lates...
by michelle c
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: I need to scream this out loud: "GoLYTELY IS OUT OF MY LIFE!"
Replies: 15
Views: 1698

Re: I need to scream this out loud: "GoLYTELY IS OUT OF MY LIFE!"

OMG! I need to get this stuff! I live in Australia and have tried a few preps and I just can’t do it anymore! :mrgreen: :shock: I’ve always been a “take it in my stride” “just get on with it” “suck it up” kind of gal but I’ve had about eight colonoscopies now and it gets worse each time. It’s like m...
by michelle c
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 2nd read of PET
Replies: 9
Views: 1279

Re: 2nd read of PET

Hi Michelle, it is at 8.9 as of 10-23-20. It was 8.6 before that I believe. What are you thinking? Hi, Ok, this is what I think. I admit 8 is quite high but it might not be high for you. I see from your signature that it is generally around this figure, sometimes a little higher, sometimes a little...
by michelle c
Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 3 months left of life
Replies: 32
Views: 10089

Re: 3 months left of life

Not the news anyone wants to hear.

I know that you must be concerned about your son. Sending strength, love and peace to you and your loved ones. You and your son and family remain in my thoughts and prayers ❤️
by michelle c
Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 2nd read of PET
Replies: 9
Views: 1279

Re: 2nd read of PET

Hi there,

What are your CEA levels and is it creeping upwards or staying about the same?
by michelle c
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New here, diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer and have a few questions
Replies: 30
Views: 5011

Re: New here, diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer and have a few questions

Hi Kev, Welcome, you will find lots of support and assistance here. I know I did. I remember all too well how terrified I was, especially in those early days. It’s terrifying to learn you have cancer. I was diagnosed in 2009, with colon cancer. My only symptom was blood in my stool. My children were...
by michelle c
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Cancerous Polyp-Confused
Replies: 3
Views: 1016

Re: Cancerous Polyp-Confused

Yes, it sounds like cancer, but it seems that they caught it in the early stage so that’s good. During the surgery to remove the polyp, the surgeon will probably remove a section of his bowel including the lymph nodes and they will be tested for cancer. This is probably what he meant when he said th...
by michelle c
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Mom - Stage 3 Diagnosis
Replies: 9
Views: 1571

Re: Mom - Stage 3 Diagnosis

That was very similar to my diagnoses. I was 44. My oncologist recommended chemo as I was “young”. However, I remember him saying that if I was older, such as in my 80’s, he would not recommend it. He said that I could have been cured from surgery alone and that chemo was like an “insurance”. Have a...
by michelle c
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Low key freak out.
Replies: 13
Views: 3957

Re: Low key freak out.

Never a dull moment, hey? Did they not raise a concern in March when it first appeared? Has it grown since first reported? It sucks not knowing and having to wait for appointments, results etc. It’s a scary and unsettling time but it could well be benign. Good that your oncologist is following it up...
by michelle c
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: One year into cancer battle
Replies: 12
Views: 3332

Re: One year into cancer battle

Mmmmm lemon lavender cupcakes...they sound delish.

So sorry that you lost your sister....20 is so young. Feeling unwell on her birthday is very strange. Wishing you the best and love to your mom too.
by michelle c
Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA and bloodwork
Replies: 4
Views: 1362

Re: CEA and bloodwork

I see that it was 8.8 the time before that too, and it’s been as high as 11.4. Just wondering if it’s normal for yours to fluctuate. It’s normal for CEA to fluctuate somewhat, and very unlikely to ever be the same.
by michelle c
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Blood clots and low oxygen and hospice OH MY
Replies: 44
Views: 7257

Re: Blood clots and low oxygen and hospice OH MY

My heart breaks for your family :cry:

What a brave man your DH is.

Sending you strength and peace ❤️

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