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Moesimo
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I had surgery one year ago for stage 3 rectal cancer - 2 out of 12 nodes positve. A cat scan last week shows NED, but my CEA went from 0.8 to 1.6 in the last 3 months. Should I be concerned? My onc. will order a pet scan, but she doesn't think the insurance company will want to pay. My CEA will be repeated in 1 month.

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nanuk
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I feel that CEA results are variable, and may or may
not be indicative of tumor activity; I'm sure you will get more definitive answers to your post than this, but my Onc seems to think that a rise in CEA warrants some kind of scan. CT and PET see different things, and I'm not clear what the difference is between CT and PET, other than the
size they are able to detect, but I'm sure you will receive some more specific information from
other semi-colons who have been there. Bud

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nanuk
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Subject: CEA
Message: I feel that CEA results are variable, and may or may
not be indicative of tumor activity; I'm sure you will get more definitive answers to your post than this, but my Onc seems to think that a rise in CEA warrants some kind of scan. CT and PET see different things, and I'm not clear what the difference is between CT and PET, other than the
size they are able to detect, but I'm sure you will receive some more specific information from
other semi-colons who have been there. Bud

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ron50
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Hi Moesimo,
I wouldn't worry too much ,Iwas st 3 colon 6of 13 nodes positive ,my initial cea was only 2,8 and after chemo and surgery it settled to around 1.2. At one stage it went up to 1.8 and I was worried but I read up on cea and found it can be elevated by several things including smoking and ulcers. I don't smoke and in my case it turned out to be ulcerative duodenitis. Nearly 7 years later and I consistently register cea around 0.8. Good luck will be thinking of you cheers Ron.

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