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CEA and other lab tests in colorrectal carcinoma

fmorato
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Joined: Mar 2003

My uncle has had surgery for colonic adenocarcima (T4/N0) yet even in good general condition with chemotherapy, he presents lab test abnormalities: CEA >30 and high SGPT. Anyone knows about this alterations in blood tests? Please reply. Thank you

pumps2fix
Posts: 5
Joined: Mar 2003

Found this in google
htt://www.patientcenters.com/colon/news/
blood_tests.html ... My surgeon had no faith in
CEAs...I had a T2 with a 1.9...Pumps

joe08536
Posts: 7
Joined: Mar 2003

Well, While a CEA of +30 is probably something in order for it to be accurate you need to do alot of other things, like eliminate smoking and/or 2nd hand smoke as this shows up as elevated CEA. While CEA maybe use to some clinicians, I had a tumor the size of an orange (T3,N1-2,M0) and had a CEA at the time of my surgery of something like 1.7, so you can see it's not a sure indicator of anything for me. The running joke in our group of 5 other colon cancer patients was that the rate of grass growth outside was probably a more accirate indicator but if it make the clinician's feel better - we were happy to oblige.

On the other hand - while getting my chemo, I found that keeping an eye on my hemoglobin and WBC (white blood cells) was key to good tolerance of my chemo meds.

dont
Posts: 8
Joined: Mar 2001

I LIKE THE REFERENCE TO GRASS GROWTH OUTSIDE THE WINDOW,THERE MAY BE SOME USEFULL INFORMATION THERE. MY ONCOLOGIST TOLD ME WHEN I QUESTIONED HOW VALID THE CEA TEST WERE,THAT EVEN IF THERE IS NO INDICATION OF CANCER,IT'S BETTER THAN ME HAVING AN ACTIVE CANCER,AND NOT HAVE HAD A TEST!! NO ONE COULD FIND SENSE IN THAT!

Dreamer57
Posts: 4
Joined: Mar 2003

I'm sure CEA's must mean something in some circumstances, but I know that when I was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer my CEA was 0. My doctors don't even test that anymore, because it obviously doesn't measure anything in my body.

livin
Posts: 319
Joined: Jan 2003

CEA means nothing to me. I was getting them every month after my Breast Cancer in 1999 all the long I had stage 3 Colon Cancer that was discovered in 2001. I still get them but don't trust them.

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