Dennyp wrote:I had a CT scan today with oral contrast (shortage of IV contrast) scan was clean, my CEA is elevated. It has never gone above 4 but has steadily increased over the last 3 visits. In the past she said don’t worry as CEA isn’t an indicator for me, today it was 5.7. I am hoping it’s an anomaly. I’m meeting with my doctor tomorrow. Does anyone have any thoughts?
Rock_Robster wrote:Well technically I think you’d meet some peoples’ criteria for a review, which is 3 consecutive increases with one of those being above 5.7. However a ‘review’ in this case usually means imaging, which you’ve done and all was good - so I’d say in this case it’s good news! As you now doubt know CEA can bounce around for many reasons - I think the key now would be to keep a close eye on it and consider more/earlier investigations if the trend continues.
Have you ever done ctDNA / Signatera testing?
Dennyp wrote:My oncologist felt it was too late to do signatera (I forget the exact reason).
My oncologist says “We don’t treat blood tests, we treat images.”
Rikimaroo wrote:my cea was .8 and kept rising it is a sign that cancer is growing. Not trying to scare you but usually that's what it means. Scans are king thought and until something shows nothing to worry about. If your CEA has been a good indicator for you and its creeping up that means your cancer is growing typically. If you CEA is not a good indicator for you I would ignore it.
Rikimaroo wrote:When my cancer intially started I think my CEA was 32 and it was in my rectum only, once it went to my liver it shot up to 600, it started going down after getting on treatments, etc..So with that being said, your CEA based on your last statement probably is not a good indicator which is a good thing LOL.. I hate CEA anxiety.
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