Your wife's CEA spread is well within normal scatter for "no change" at this point following RT and will be unimpressive to the drs. Whether further immediate chemo is planned or not, I personally would monitor bloodwork more closely than is "standard" to define a nadir, her markers' noise/fluctuations, and any subsequent rise more clearly and timely.
What are some things we should be doing to help the inflamation go down? The surgeons say it is from the affects of the radiation. She can not have her reversal surgery until it goes down.
I'd ask around places from the biochemically oriented, oncology oriented naturopaths or alternative MDs about anti inflammatory strategies. I found Life Extension Foundation's articles and ND helpful with alternative answers free on their toll free line. I found RIordan Clinic's free answers useful on vitamin C, some supplements and cancer. Patients often bounce back from treatment much quicker with advanced nutrition plans and do better in surgery.
We were able to damp down long running inflammation and markers' "noise" with these nonstandard chemistries, even while on chemo. Dealing with a colon cancer patient, there was no radiation involved. Our specific circumstances and chemistry might not match yours, but our combined anti-inflammatories included things like fish oil, baby aspirin, celecoxib, IV vitamin C, serrapeptase, MSM, bosweilla, curcumin, EGCG, silymarin, quercetin and other flavonoids.
watchful, active researcher and caregiver for stage IVb/c CC since early 2010. surgeries 4/10 & 5/11; 8 yrs immuno-Chemo for mCRC, now no chemo
most of 2010 Life Extension recommendations and possibilities + more, some (much) higher