Dec 20, 2009 - 9:58 pm
My sister had surgery in August of 2009 for stage 1 colorectal cancer. The surgeon told us that the tumor was contained and that she got it all. Although this confused me a little (I was surprised at the total confidence having been through breast cancer surgery myself) it was welcome news. A month ago she went in for a follow up blood test and found out that she had elevated CEA levels. Unfortunately, they were unable to compare her results to the CEA levels prior to surgery because this test wasn't done. At any rate, because she smokes and that can elevate the levels, they did another CEA test and found that the levels had increased again.