Mar 07, 2013 - 5:24 pm
My oncologist seems to put great stock in monitoring my CEA.
The "normal range" for my particular lab is 0.0 to 6.1 ng/mL. My first CEA measurement was on June 18, 2012, resulting in a value of 3.4. Beginning on July 25, 2012 my CEA was measured every two weeks throughout my first 12-round cycle of chemotherapy. After the conclusion of that chemo cycle on December 12, 2012, my oncologist has measured my CEA once a month. At no time has the value exceeded the maximum "normal" of 6.1 referenced by my lab. Over 14 separate tests the mean value return is 3.96 while the median is 4.1, both well below the maximum "normal" of 6.1 referenced by my lab. The highest single value was 4.6 and the lowest 3.4 neither of which is above the maximum referenced "normal" value.
According to my oncologist, this is good and indicative that my cancer stable. Then I read that CEA may or may not be indicative of anything or it may indicate the cancer is stable.
Just wondering what other colon cancer patients have been told by their oncologists and looking for any article or other references that any of you can direct me to.