Oct 01, 2012 - 2:15 pm
I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer in March. Biopsied and found in one lympth node. Had chemo/radiation in May. Had schedule permanent colostomy surgery in august. Cea was 9 before surgery and 4 after surgery. ended up having a temporary illiotomy for all the margins were available to see. Took dime size cancer out 8 ml size and found 2 of the18 lymph nodes had cancer in them, had cea on september 19th and it was 4 now on sept 28th it's 8 and i already had one round of chemo. going twice a month. drip of oxiplatin and then i leave with 5fu or two days, the pump.
All the surroundng aread that the doctor took out had no cancer in it, only the area of the dime size cancer. Why is my cea going up
So nervous and don't understand.
My 2nd treatment is tomorrow. i have a total of 8 treatments every other week.
Please advise asap.