gmcbrazen wrote:Hello, I noticed blood on a stool about 5 months ago, but was not sure. Then I noticed it more often the last several weeks and saw a doctor. I had the colonoscopy thinking I had hemorrhoids. Turns out they found a 5 cm tumor. They told me it looked like cancer, I have not gotten the biopsy results yet, but did the blood work on Friday. The CT scans will done this Friday. reading the forum I feel better. I was clueless what this all meant. I guess the most important thing to find out now is what stage it is in, and that will be finding out if it spread to the lymph nodes. I am thinking I should find out with the CT scans. Is that correct? Is so does anybody know how long it normally takes to get the results? Or do they need to do the surgery to find out what stage your in. I think the blood work helps with the stage also. I asked the woman talking the blood what they are looking for. She told me they are looking for cancer cells in my blood. Will that be an indication on what stage I am in? It has been nerve racking because it happen over the Christmas holidays so after they found the mass, the doctor office closed the next day.
Welcome to the forum! I will try to answer some of your questions... I had all of this done while waiting my biopsy reports
1. Bloodwork is used to get your CEA(tumor marker.) Normal, depending where you get your blood work is under 4.7. This is Lab Corp range and uses the Roche Assay. CEA is sometimes, but not always, connected with colon cancer. They will also look at you Alkaline Phosphate, AST, ALT, GGT, Hemoglobin. These tests look for anemia(blood loss) and abnormalities of the liver. All my blood work was pristine and I still had cancer. My CEA was 1.9.
2. CT scan is looking to see if cancer has spread to the lungs, liver, lymph nodes, and/or abdomen. CT scans should be available by the end of the day or next day.
3. According to the results of blood work and CT scan, they can clinically determine a stage. However, you will not get the official stage until after surgery and review by pathology. I was clinically diagnosed Stage 1 before surgery and Stage 2A after pathology review.
I hope this helps answer some of your questions..
11/4/16- Lap right hemi(cecum)
CEA- Pre Op (1.9), Pre Chemo (2.5)
Tumor size: 3.5 cm x 2.5 x 0.7 cm
Grade: G3 (surgical) G2 (pre-op)
Surgical margins: clear
12/27/2016 - Capeox, anaphylactic reaction to oxaliplatin on first infusion-discontinued
1/2/17 to 6/9/17- Xeloda monotherapy
6/17, 12/17, 6/18, 12/18 CT Scan NED
CEA- 6/17- 3.6
, 9/17- 2.8
, 9/18 2.8
, 12/18 2.5
Clear Colonoscopy 10/17