So my mom had surgery on March 21 and her first CEA draw was about a month later on April 23. It was 2.1. Is this likely “the baseline” or could it still be going down after surgery? If it is baseline, is that concerning? I see so many of you with numbers 1 or less.
Second question—her next CEA draw will be July 24 and she will have had her reversal surgery a month prior on June 28—could inflammation from surgery impact her CEA a month later?
Basically my anxiety is already building about these CEA draws. Any insight would be appreciated.
Caregiver to my amazing mom (68)
10/1/18 DX with rectal cancer; CEA 17 at diagnosis
MRI/CT/PET puts staging at T3N2M0
Total neoadjuvant therapy:
8 rounds Folfox 11/5/18 - 2/11/19
Short course radiation 3/14/19 - 3/20/19
Robotically assisted laparoscopic LAR 3/21/19
Pathology report says yT2N0M0 with 0/38 nodes
CEA 4/23: 2.1
Me: 34, first colonoscopy 11/16/18—normal! Come back in 5 years.