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cheeks964
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Joined: Nov 2011

Hello everyone,

I've been on here before. Doctors and I are still stumped on why my CEA lever is rising.
I had a colonoscopy back in 9-2010, and they found a polyp they thought there was no worries, it was very small, two days later they called and said there was cancer in it, it was in my rectum at the very bottom close to the exit. I have been going in to see the rectal surgeon since he had went in after the colonoscopy and has a rectal extraction, they took any surrounding piece out where the polyp was. My cea has been rising since. It was at 3 then 6 then 12, then 24 then 33 and now almost 2 years later at 53. I have had every three months a pet scan/cat scan/mri and anal ultrasound, numerous flexsigs every three months, another colonoscopy (all clear) and my last pet scan was in March, they found a smalll (garbonzo bean size nodular) did not come up that it was cancer in the pet scan, pathelogy said to just watch closely, i'm getting it biopsied this friday. oncologist sent me to ucsf to emily, a top colon cancer specialists, i'm not genetically prone to cancer, no one has it in my family. She checked me anally and now i'm going back there again for another mri and ultrasound. I feel nothing, thank goodness, pray every day. I never had symptoms to have the colonoscopy in the first place in September of 2010, i only went in cause my insurance was ending. Still do not feel anything. Keep praying. Any comments or anyone have had this or does anyone know someone in my situation. please reply...

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mp327
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Joined: Jan 2010

I'm not sure how to respond to your situation, other than to say it's good that you are getting this nodule biopsied and I hope it will come back benign. If you are being seen by one of the docs at UCSF you are in very good hands. As for CEA levels, they may be useful in detecting and monitoring colon cancer, but I'm not sure they have much meaning in cases of anal cancer. Please let us know what you find out. I wish you all the best.

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cheeks964
Posts: 54
Joined: Nov 2011

Hi,

I will thank you, the polyp was found in the rectum, there was no discussion area for that, that's why i picked anal.

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mp327
Posts: 3020
Joined: Jan 2010

I hope it turns out that you don't have any type of cancer at all. However, if you get a diagnosis of rectal cancer, you may relate more to the colorectal board than this one, as rectal cancer is not treated like anal cancer. But you are still welcome here no matter what and some of the side effects of rectal cancer treatment may be the same, so feel free to stay on with us if you wish! Hopefully, you'll get a clean biopsy and won't need either board! Please keep us posted.

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