Mercy110 wrote:I rely hope there are cures for cancer. Didn't know about IHC testing before joining this forum.
Wish you all the best for your blood test Mike.
Google also tells me it is possible for CEA to raise at first in chemo, then lower again. However, my mum's CEA only dropped from 9.0 to 7.3 after 2 months of surgery. Base on this data, it seems not so positive...
Sunwaterandsky wrote:Hi Mercy,
I am in Hong Kong. I had a sigmoid tumour, so I did not have to have a colostomy. I understand your worries and concerns. Have you heard of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund? They offer many services for Cancer patients, survivors and families. They can often help with your question and connect you with a survivor with similar experiences.
They do genetic testing in Hong Kong at the Queen Mary Hospital. Depending on your mother's age, she may qualify for free testing. She could ask her oncologist if this scheme is still available and if she qualifies.
I understand that you are worried. Please feel free to send me a private message and we can chat.
JJH wrote:From what you have written it looks like your mum is either Stage III-C or Stage IV, depending on the status of the remote lymph node near the thigh.
You can read about the colon cancer TNM staging system here:
- If that lymph node turns out to be non/cancerous, then your mum's staging would probably be:
T4b N1a M0 = Stage III-C, which is the highest risk Stage III and is curable with the right treatment.
- If the remote lymph node is cancerous, however, then your mum 's staging would probably be:
T4b N1a M1a = Stage IVa
There are a number of Stage III-C patients on this forum who have finished their treatments and are in remission now in their followup period.
For Stage IVa with remote lymph node involvement there are also some members here. They call themselves Olymphians since their only metastases are in the lymph nodes. You can find some of the Olymphians here by usIng the search function with keyword OLYMPHIAN*
DarknessEmbraced wrote:I'm so sorry for your mother's diagnosis and I'm glad she's doing well with her chemo. I'm from Canada. My CEA has always been below 1 even before surgery. I get CEA and CA 125(another marker) checked every 3 months. CEA can rise for other reasons besides cancer. I hope your mother has a good scan!