NHMike wrote:My CEA high was 2.7 at diagnosis and dropped as low as 0.6 after surgery but the CEA at the hospital where I had surgery done likely has a different scale for it so it's something that I ignore. It was 1.7 at my local hospital before starting Adjuvant Chemo and rose to 2.2 after my first cycle and has been there since then. The hospital test says that under 3.8 is considered normal. So I was actually normal even though I had a 100 cc tumor growing inside me.
I was stressed out when I saw it go from 1.7 to 2.2 after chemo but a lot of people told me that that is normal.
I do feel your anxiety - as there's always stuff to worry about with cancer. But I try to keep the anxiety under control with work and chores. That works for some people.
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