CEA again

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Re: CEA again

Postby Luna18 » Fri Aug 19, 2022 7:55 am

Well, I have bittersweet feelings. My sister CEA dropped to 6.1 from 6.9 (two weeks ago, <5 is normal range). Her PET didn't light up, which is good. However the TAC images of the test showed some small lung nodules (both lungs), compatible with recurrence (according to the radiologist). The radiologist also said that they may be too small to light up in the PET (the bigger one is 5mm). So, her oncologist is not too worry since her CEA dropped again and is planning on getting her CEA every two weeks to see the trajectory. He also wants to get her a CT scan in 6 weeks. My sister was happy with the plan, and that is the most important.
I had a theory about the fluctuating values of CEA of my sister. When my brother-in-law and my other sister ( they smoke) are visiting Maria, her CEA increases. When they leave, CEA drops. They live in a different city, and this summer went to visit Maria two times (the two times CEA increased). I am not sure about my theory now, since new lung nodules have appear in the equation :(
Sister DX July 2017 age 44
T4N2M1 G2/G3
July 2017- Colostomy and primary tumor resection
Aug 2017 Chemo started - Folfox
Nov 2017- Liver resection, and colostomy reversal
March 2017- Chemo ended
November 2018- Recurrence in liver- Liver resection- No chemo
Aug 2019- Recurrence in liver and lungs
Sep 2019- Chemo started- Folfiri +Avastin
Dec 2019 PET showed no activity- fully response to chemo
March 2020 PET showed no activity
2021 NED
2022 May NED

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Re: CEA again

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sat Aug 20, 2022 7:23 am

I'm sorry she has lung nodules. *hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)

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