Re: [MOL] CEA TEST RESULTS, watch the count [00685] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] CEA TEST RESULTS, watch the count



My Mom was diagnosed with Dukes C colorectal cancer 3 years ago.  She too had 
surgery, radiation and chemo.  Her CEA count was taken every 3 to 4 months 
and remained 0.1 to 0.3 .  Then, last November her CEA count started to go 
up.  Just a little at a time.  Her oncologist began with a CAT scan, found 
nothing, then a CEA scan, found nothing.  They did an MRI, mammogram, 
colonoscopy and found nothing.  So they waited another 2 months.  Then the 
CEA went up 10 points more, then 7 more points to 27.  The oncologist finally 
convinced my Mom that even though they could not see a tumor, he assured her 
that the cancer was back and she started on the chemo again for 6 months.  
The oncologist said that the CEA marker is just that, a marker.  It gives 
them a sign that something is going on and something needs to be done.  Hope 
this helps.  Mary
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