Years ago, on a test that I had a good 10 years out, my CEA jumped and the doctors were perplexed. I was talking to my surgeon at the time and she had the same issue with one of her patients. (BTW...this ....keep reading....still happens today). She (surgeon) told me that oftentimes labs switch from one test to another. With the CEA test there are TWO different tests....Bayer and Seimens, and while they test for the same thing, they do so in different ways and use different assays.....all of which have different NORMAL ranges. Not saying this is what happened (it did with the surgeon's patient and with me)....but you should just check that the lab didn't switch testing protocols. It's been a long time since I have had a CEA test (it was never a good marker for me.....initial test was a 0.5 with a honking huge tumor) but my printed results that I got directly from the lab, ALWAYS said which protocol they used. It's something you should be aware of and look at.
Otherwise, like others have said, don't worry about that small of a jump that is still well within NORMAL limits. Mine used to jump all over the place. It's not one reading but the trend that is what you have to be looking for. I know, that's easy to say when the 'trend' is seemingly going up...but next time, it could go up more and then flatten or it could go down. You just have to wait for the next test....nerve wracking as it is.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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