NHMike wrote:Beckster wrote:Mike...reference range is the same...the type of testing assay changed.
I think that it would concern me then. The same thing happened to me and it eventually went above the normal range and the oncologist ordered a CT scan which found nothing. It later went down. I'm pretty sure that the rise in CEA was due to a big increase in exercise. But it bothered me until it went back down to normal (after ending the big increase in exercise). I wish that we had a list of things that caused it to rise.
It's really low now, about 9 months out.
Beckster wrote:I just got back from the onc...he was not concerned about the .6 increase in my cea. He said that if I took the test 3 times in one day, it would be different each time. He thinks that it increased from the antibiotic for my sinus/tooth problem. Apparently the antibiotic that my dentist put me on plays havoc on the intestines.
Rikimaroo wrote:At the office to begin folfiri here we go folks
Koreysue wrote:CEA checks make me incredibly nervous. My number is up, but has stayed basically the same for 4 months. My CT and PET in august 2018 were clear. My onc says that great that there was no big change in 4 months.
My dr. doesnt offer much about the cause of elevation. I’ve looked up a lot of stuff about it, and it does seem that there are reasons it can be elevated that are not cancer related. Stomach ulcers, gastritis, tooth decay, thyroid issues, etc.
I know it’s hard not to worry.
Buxton wrote:... If there are any ways to deal with this anxiety, I would love to know. Apart from alcohol and tranquillisers that is! ...
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