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by zx10guy
Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA rise
Replies: 7
Views: 1412

Re: CEA rise

CEA is affected by so many factors. In general, the overall trend of the number is more important than a single absolute number. Also others have indicated, for some people CEA is not a good indicator due to they type of cancer cell/mutation they have. Some tumor cells just express CEA and some don'...
by zx10guy
Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: There are people here who need urgent psych help,
Replies: 31
Views: 6205

Re: There are people here who need urgent psych help,

Ok. I'm lying as I said I wouldn't respond anymore on this topic. But this is going to be last time I will respond based on some of the replies after my post on this topic. What will really help and make a difference for all the concerns being brought up is to split the forum up into subforums. Ther...
by zx10guy
Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: There are people here who need urgent psych help,
Replies: 31
Views: 6205

Re: There are people here who need urgent psych help,

I've been here for a few years and have managed to stay out of threads like this. I'll only comment on this once and that'll be it. What I'm going to say is not meant to incite anything. It's just simple things to make your life easier. If a thread bothers you or you know the posting history/behavio...
by zx10guy
Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: A bag or a box
Replies: 6
Views: 1690

Re: A bag or a box

I know of a few situations where this is the case. A family friend has stage 4 breast cancer. While she's not swearing off what her doctor was recommending for treatment, I feel she's been a bit naive about how much going holistic and her current chemo treatment will help. I remember the shocked loo...
by zx10guy
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:09 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: CEA is a stupid test
Replies: 23
Views: 5998

Re: CEA is a stupid test

I've made a post recently about this very subject/question. To provide another data point, CEA testing so far for me is not a stupid test. My CEA was elevated prior to surgery and was run after finding the tumor in my descending colon during a colonoscopy. After surgery and chemo, it hovered around ...
by zx10guy
Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: How important is CEA?
Replies: 9
Views: 2299

Re: How important is CEA?

I'll add my personal experience into the mix. Based on my CEA pre surgery and after, it looks like CEA is a good indicator for me as my CEA was 13.9 before surgery and has hovered around 3.11 to 5.4 after chemo and depending on whether the Siemens or Roche assay test was done. This past summer, I wa...
by zx10guy
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:50 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: High Grade Dysplasia Found
Replies: 8
Views: 1828

Re: High Grade Dysplasia Found

Hi Dee, Thanks for asking. The recovery from the surgery has been a challenge this time. While I got out of the hospital faster than the first time I went through this procedure (surgery Friday and out of the hospital Sunday), I had to deal with two rounds of infections. I had a flare up a little ov...
by zx10guy
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Radiation side effects?
Replies: 30
Views: 3201

Re: Radiation side effects?

It's good you got great news on Monday. Hopefully, this nightmare will come to an end for you soon.
by zx10guy
Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: High Grade Dysplasia Found
Replies: 8
Views: 1828

Re: High Grade Dysplasia Found

I would heed the warnings from your doctors and surgeon about the high grade dysplasia they found in your colon. But getting a second opinion would be prudent. My recent colonoscopy found a polyp in the opening of my appendix. We went "treasure" hunting after my CEA spikes big time during ...
by zx10guy
Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Adding a baby to stage iv cancer life: Looking for real-life experiences
Replies: 13
Views: 3035

Re: Adding a baby to stage iv cancer life: Looking for real-life experiences

I'm the one with cancer so things are a bit different in my perspective along with the fact I was Stage 3B and recently had to deal with what is probably going to be considered a new primary, which was caught early enough for a Stage 0 diagnosis. My wife was pregnant with our daughter a few months a...
by zx10guy
Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 6 months after surgery and Cancer is back?!
Replies: 23
Views: 2829

Re: 6 months after surgery and Cancer is back?!

dmondgirl, So sorry about what is going on with your fiance and you. If you want, feel free to contact me via private messaging. I have some personal perspective on your situation as I went through it. I was the cancer survivor and my fiance was the caregiver. While I didn't have a recurrence so so...
by zx10guy
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 6 months after surgery and Cancer is back?!
Replies: 23
Views: 2829

Re: 6 months after surgery and Cancer is back?!

dmondgirl, So sorry about what is going on with your fiance and you. If you want, feel free to contact me via private messaging. I have some personal perspective on your situation as I went through it. I was the cancer survivor and my fiance was the caregiver. While I didn't have a recurrence so soo...
by zx10guy
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Two Year Post Resection CT Scan Result and CEA
Replies: 5
Views: 712

Re: Two Year Post Resection CT Scan Result and CEA

Glad to hear about the good scan and CEA results.

It's also good you were proactive about getting the scan report before meeting with your oncologist or waiting forever for it.

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