The main issue with CEA is if it keeps going up. CEA can increase because of many reasons, so if it pops up a bit then goes back down it isn’t much of a worry. But if it keeps going up, then your doctor will want to hunt for what is making it go up.
Good luck! I know CEA is scary, John’s just hit 5.5 so we’re in the same boat. Wait a month, retest, and see where he’s at.
Caring for DH John
Stage IIIC, Lymph nodes: 6/22
Chemo: FOLFOX (6)
12/17 ER and emergency surgery
02/18 Hospital w/MSSA infected port, PICC line inserted, chest CT scan showed septic emboli & blood clots
03/18 Hospital w/CDIFF
08/18 CT Scan Clear, NEMD
2018/2019/2021 Colonoscopy Clear
2019/2020/2021/2022 CT Scan Clear
2021 PET scan & MRI show one spot on liver
08/21 Liver surgery to remove spot, confirmed mCRC. Now Stage IV
09/21 Start Folfiri + Avastin
03/22 CEA Rise, continuing chemo