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Postby billmc » Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:50 pm

My father CEA was 3.2 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. It is now 2.1. Oncologist said either this was a very slow growing tumor or he was one of those people where a CEA cannot be used as a marker. He was stage 3A with 1 node showing microscopic cells. This concerns me a little. Keep fighting all. I will keep you in my prayers.

Jen Blaire

Postby Jen Blaire » Fri Sep 30, 2005 5:08 pm

When I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer, with 2 nodes involved my CEA was <0.4. After surgery and every other time it remains the same. So yeah sometimes it just isn't a indicator. So I insisted on a PET scan, which can be an indicator, and it was negative, that is after surgery. So request that for peace of mind, because I feel it is my only indicator anymore.

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Postby Carol Connell » Fri Sep 30, 2005 5:18 pm

Hi Bill, I am a 63 year old female with stage IV CC with mets to the
Liver and Lung. I had 2 feet of my Colon removed Aug 2004. My CEA
was 37 at the time of surgery, 6 months of chemo brought it down to
3.1. I have been off chemo for 6 months and now I am 6.6. The Dr.
said mine was a slow grower but I opted to start chemo again next
week. Your father's CEA is in the normal range (0-5) so don't worry
needlessly for the time being, I know that is easier said than done.
Keep reading this site for help and encouragement and make sure
the doctors stay on top of this. We have a wonderful couple on this
board and the young wife has the type cancer that does not show
her cancer's activity. We will all add your family to our prayer list.

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