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CEA Levels

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Joined: Apr 2004

Hi guys, I just wanted to say I'm relatively new here, but I have met wonderful people, I hope all of you are doing well. My husband's dr appt was today and they told us that his CEA level had gone up some. In March his cat scans were clear (He has Stage 3 Rectal Cancer)..She told us that sometimes the chemo makes it go up. I was wondering if anyone else has heard this, or if your levels had ever gone up and everything was still fine over the next several months. It was AGAIN one of those hot flash moments in the dr office.....I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about. Thanks for your help.

Tessyann's picture
Posts: 56
Joined: Apr 2004

Hi rdy,
CEA arent 100% but is a red flag that your husband needs to be watch more.If on his next visit his counts are still climbing I would ask the doc for a Pet scan or MRI.. Also there is a test called a Oncoscan that can detect cancer in it "Very" early stages... but this test can only be used 1 time only..
But CEA can rise for alot of reason like your doc said a recent infection ect ect.
I am sure you doc will keep a close eye on him for awhile

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