Sorry to hear about CEA Riki, and reccurance. Like Susie said, wonder if consolidation therapy would make the difference.
Such a spike, your radiologist might be right.
Dr. Angelita Habr-Gama did mention in one of conferences, wandering if there is more harm than good in this kind of approach, calling it for more standard approach.
Chemo after surgery is very good idea.
Do you have any symptoms like flat stool or blood in stool, something simillar before chemo/rad?
I am going for scope and MRI in jan., will have some blood work in dec., my onco said that we wont worry much about CEA, as it is fresh post xeloda, 2 months after, and is expected to climb, apparently xeloda or 5fu bumps up CEA.
Not sure how long for chemo to wear off, but I can still feel it.
Surgeon did mention posibilities of biopsy in jan.
Found some study where CEA can have spike even 4 months after chemo.
Good luck with retesting.
55 year at the time of diagnosis, male
Diagnosed with T1,T2 N0 M0 rectal cancer
Total neoadjuvant therapy or TNT (chemoradiation followed by systemic chemotherapy)
Negative since Feb. '17