Congrats to you on yourCEA decrease benben... that must be a big relief for you! Mine was up in the 6 range during chemo and it was back down to 2 with my first ct scan after treatment. My anxiety level waiting for results was through the roof as I understand it is for all of us through this whole process
I’m very happy for you and wish you a wonderful weekend and many, many years of clear scans and normal numbers!!
Yes mine started to spike during Chemo. I figured it was mostly just chemo related tissue damage and inflammation and it was slowly coming back down directly after chemo treatment ended the end of October of 2017. This recent spike though, I was 9 months out from last chemo treatment. Was figuring it be 3 or less given the trajectory. I don't know fully why there was a spike. I suppose it could have been an error in recording or in the reading. It could also have been the amount of inflammation throughout my body at the time - mostly due to excessive exercise and my lack of taking anti-acid medication. In the 3 months between the previous reading of 3.0 I had ridden bike about 800 miles and did a couple of arduous elevation climbs. Once up to colchuk lake in the enchantment wilderness area. Just 2 days before my CT-scan I hiked up South Sister Mt. in central Oregon. Over 5000 ft elevation gain, the first couple of miles with nearly a 50lb pack. The day before my scan I started to have a "flare" with lots of loose bowel movements. Then I consumed the contrast and it extended that flare for nearly a full week, during which my labs were drawn. So I had a lot of inflammation going on in my bowels/stomach and esophagus not to mention the healing muscle tissues from exercise. This last reading I stopped intensive exercise 6 days out and have been taking my omeprazole twice daily. Also stopped consumption of coffee, kombucha, and most anything else that could induce acidic reactions in the stomach. I certainly feel overall inflammation within my body was lower. I'm happy to see the reduced CEA level, but it is still .1 above high normal.
I hope to see it return to normal soon and I can resume with port removal.
stu wrote:Whoop whoop . That’s fantastic news . So delighted to hear that .
Love the graph . Lovely big dip downwards.
Thanks Stu, I hope to see it reduce further next month (or at least not increase.)
3/29/17 diagnosed CRC - 44 y/o Male
4/17/17 ULAR - Straight anastomosis - no ostomy.
Path: low grade T3n1m0 - moderate diff.
KRAS - NO, MLH1/PMS2/MSH6/MSH2 - Normal.
5/3 med port install
5/22 folfox - first treatment.
3rd treat, delayed - low ANC - reduced to 90% OXI
zarxio all treatments
Treatment 7 reduced to 75% OXI
Treatment 8-12 - NO OXI, just Luke and 5FU
10/20/17 CT- NED
3/18 Scope - Clean
7/18 CT-Scan - Clear, but CEA 4.6
8/30 CEA 2.6