I'm scared that my mother is getting stage 4 colon cancer after 3 years ned I'm still hoping is it just fear in my head.
I have read a lot about cea from what I understand there are 2 normal levels 2.5 non-smokers 5.0 smokers and the Roche method which has a normal 5.0 cea for non smokers and 10.0 for smokers ?
What test the hospital my mom is going to is using I really don't know.
my mother quit smoking in 1988 so she should be in the non smokers range however my mom is 76 years old i know age can play a role i have read on forums.
what makes me now even more worried is that my mom cea went up a full 2 years.
here is my mother's medical history explaining the best I can in my limited English.
March 2008 my mom broke her hip bone after she trip over a stone.
recovery from that was fast she got a gamma nail in her hip that helpt to speed up recovery
she was walking just 4 weeks later.
i went on google I thought it's not normal that you can break a hip bone from
a short fall i found alot of websites that say it can be Osteoporosis.
so i talk about a dexa scan the doctor at the hospital thought it was good idea so in
May of 2008 she got one and it was confirmed that she got Osteoporosis. so doctor Prescribed Bisphosphonate.
from this point on my mom slowly got more tired I thought it was from the Osteoporosis.
(that was so stupid of me thinking about it now)
In Aug 2012 my mom whent for new dexa scan, the doctor tell my mom the Osteoporosis has become a little worse and scan showed my mom was starting to get
arthritis as well,
as time went on my mom got more tired however there was no pain in hands or legs she only got lower back pain.
at this point i thought tiredness was from Osteoporosis and arthritis what was i wrong!
From 2014 to 2015 she got more and more tired some times for months staying at home and was getting harder and harder to walk or go outside and she was getting very pale
i thought this was because of lack of sun and sleep she was also getting alot of constipation.
mar 2015 the constipation got alot worst she was just too tired to go to the toilet so the weekend doctor Prescribed laxatives.
after looking at her face she thinks it was very pale so she take a blood test 2 days later
it come back that my mom was very anemic and need a blood transfusion so she got send to the hospital.
the docters at the hospital say the anemia had to have come
from some where so they say she has to do a colonoscopy thinking
the link was the constipation.
May 10 2015 colonoscopy found 2 polyps 1 tumor my mom was in shock.
one day later ct scan plus lung photo.
2 weeks later ct scan and lung photo results lungs no cancer liver no cancer but found kidney cancer 1.5 cm and a gallbladder full of stones
no lymph nodes show up so we where very happy but docter say that some times
lymph nodes don't show up on ct scan if they have cancer
end of june 2015 my mom had the surgery to remove the colon cancer and gallbladder full of stones
the oncology report 8 cm tumer cuts all clear stage 2a colon cancer t3 n0 m0 but with vascular invasion grade Well-differentiated /Moderately differentiated so over all good.
Because of the positive outcome and the huge fear my mother has for chemotherapy
the oncologist decided chemo wasn't necessary she believed that this cancer was dealt with with surgery alone.
cea 3.8 aug 2015
aug Ultrasound clean liver kidney cancer got to 2 cm
otk 2016 ct scan clean liver kidney cancer got to 2.3 cm
doctor say time to take action against kidney cancer
with cryoablation of kidney
nov 2016 Ultrasound clean liver and bladder
cea 4.2 nov 2015
cea 4.7 feb 2016
feb 2016 cryoablation of kidney
feb 2016 all 3 biopsy failed to find cancer tumor or cyst its still unknown but radiologist 80% sure it was cancer
mar 2016 ct scan clean lungs clean liver now ned
cea 5.3 jun 2016
juli 2016 Ultrasound clean liver dead kidney cancer got to 1.7 cm
cea aug 4.7 2016
aug 2016 Clear Colonoscopy just very small 2 polyps
aug 2016 low grade fever for weeks tiredniss
October 2016 CRP level too high
October 2016 Ultrasound clean liver and lung photo was good
October 2016 but still low grade fever for weeks and tiredniss
nov 2016 cea 4.1
nov 2016 i wanted a ct scan for my mom to be sure kidney cancer was dead doctor at first say not to worry its to small to
come back and do scan on jan 2017 but i push for a scan and got one that was life saver i think
nov 2016 ct scan clean liver worry about kidney cancer returning ct show 1.5 cm spot
dec 2016 docter confirm that kidney cancer has returned radiologist can see
new blood vessels to tumer
plan of attack partial kidney nephrectomy or full kidney nephrectomy
jan 2017 she now got Antibiotics and the low grade fever now gone
feb 2017 cea 3.7
feb 2017 partial kidney nephrectomy operation was a success
feb 2017 pathologist report found a high grade 3 1.5 cm kidney cancer and positive surgical margin pt1b ?
feb 2017 pathologist made a mistake he or she took the full kidney mass removed for the size! it was 4 cm removed
feb 2017 found a high grade 3 1.5 cm kidney cancer stage pt1a and and positive surgical margin no plan of attack just scans
my mom decided to go for second opinion for full kidney removel or scans as my mom has a high risk cancer ?
april 2017 ct scan all clean lung photo clean still ned.
may 2017 whent for second opinion to the only cancer hospital in netherlands avl https://www.avl.nl/
both the doctor at are local hospital and at the avl say that cryoablation of the kidney made tumer fall apart
on removal and believe the positive margins are false positive.
We decided to go onto the wait and see program.
may 2017 cea 4.3
may 2017 mri all clean still ned
seb 2017 mri all clean still ned
seb 2017 cea 4.4
dec 2017 ct scan all clean still ned
feb 2018 cea 4.8
mar 2018 new dexa scan Osteoporosis got alot worst Bisphosphonate is no longer working whent over to denosumab
may 2018 cea 4.9
may 2018 mri all clean still ned
juli 2018 Ultrasound clean liver and lung photo was good
oct 2018 my mother had a possible Tia with unusual symptoms
temporarily losing the ability to control a tv remote control and phone regaining that ability within 20 minutes
feeling a bit disorientated afterwards the doctor's decided not to take a chance on whether or not it was a TIA
and subscribe her blood thinning medicines and medicines to lower blood pressure.
nov 2018 cea 5.5 omg
nov 2018 ct scan all clean still ned.
jan 2019 cea 5.8 omg anyone here has an idea what made her cea level go up beyond normal range ?
is anyone on this forum that has similar cea levels with no cancer returning ?
currently our oncologist wants to do new cea blood test in March 2019 because of the clean ct scan from nov 2018 is this the right course of action ?