It's been a while since I've posted to this thread, but: Had my bloodwork yesterday morning, CEA is holding steady at 1.8 and everything else looked fine. I'll have bloodwork and my 6-month CT scan in January. If that looks good she'll be pushing me back to an annual CT scan.
Over the summer I contracted c diff after my one-year colonoscopy. The colonoscopy looked great; no polyps, and only one diverticule. But I feel certain that the colonoscopy gave me c diff. I had c diff two more times, with only a couple of weeks between ending antibiotics and the c diff coming back each time. I met with a gastroenterologist after the last one, and we decided that if I got it again we were going to try a fecal transplant.
Fortunately it has now been two months and the c diff has not come back. Didn't have to give the fecal transplant a try yet. I am being fastidious about washing my hands, but I'm concerned that I really don't have much control over it coming back. I just have to hope that my gut is now healthy enough to fight it off if I do re-encounter it.
Metronidazole was what knocked it out, after two unsuccessful rounds of Vancomycin, the second of which was a pulse taper. Metronidazole isn't statistically as likely to be successful with a recurrent infection, I understand, but it somehow worked for me.
DX: sigmoid colon cancer 5/2018. 48 F
laparoscopic sigmoid resection (24 cm removed); no stoma.
7.5cm adenocarcinoma -- mod. diff.
1 noncontiguous tumor deposit removed; 0/31 lymph nodes
T3 pN1c M0
5/18 before surgery, CEA 11.2
6/18 began FOLFOX
7/18: CEA 1.9; added neulasta post infusion
9/18: CEA 2.8
10/18: 25% chemo reduction
11/18: CEA 1.8
7/19 CT scan clear