Jul 08, 2004 - 10:54 pm
My husband just had his ileostomy reversed today along with taking out his port a cath. I didn't think that he should take it out since its only been since May for his last chemo treatment. But he wanted EVERYTHING gone. This was suppose to be a "good day" to try to get back to normal. Right before surgery yesterday morning, the dr was going over his blood work that he had done last week prior to surgery, and he asked me is we knew that his liver levels were up. Of course, alarm bells start ringing in my head. We didn't know of course, last month in June he had all of his bloodwork done and cat scans done at MD anderson, everything was clear on the scans. His CEA level was at 2.8 then, higher than 3 months before. But the dr said that could be attributed to the chemo. So anyway, here we are at surgery time, and I was told his liver functions are high and his CEA is now at 3.9. The dr told me that we should be concerned but not overly worried, since it could still be from the chemo. My husband's last chemo treatment was May 22. Has anyone else had this happen to them? I am scared to death because of both levels going up. The surgeon said that the only thing we can do right now, is let him heal from his surgery and get stronger then take it from there. I think I'm about at a breaking point, my husband just shook his head and closed his eyes, he is always the strong one, I feel devastated. I was just wanting some input on this situation and to see if anyone else has had there liver levels go up because of chemo. I just left the hospital, to come home, I stayed there last night. I think I just need to vent. Thank you all so much....