Re: [MOL] CEA TEST RESULTS, watch the count [00691] Medicine On Line


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



Mary, a pet scan would have been good for your mother; as it can detect the
most minute of cancers.  Thanks for the explanation on the CEA marker, there
are so many different type markers for each cancer, I get a CA-125, my
husband a PSA and each has a different number ranking on top of it all.
However; all tumor markers can be effected by stress, smoking and many other
factors; as you said it is merely a notification that something is going on.
Warmly, lillian

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----- Original Message -----
From: <Meseitztx@AOL.COM>
To: <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Sent: Monday, October 18, 1999 6:38 PM
Subject: 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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