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Ecoli and CEA rise??

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Hooley
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Just been to oncologist.  I found out I have an e coli infection. More antibiotics!  Bit concerned CEA last week was 3.4 and this week jumpe to 6.4!    anyone experience rise from infection?    Bit nervous

Cathleen Mary
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Yes, twice my CEA rose when I had an infection and went down post antibiotics.  I would bet that yours will, too.  Try and relax.  A one time CEA reading is just that....a steady climb would give one pause.

Hoping you will soon feel better.

CM

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Hooley
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Thanks Cathleen for the reply. It does take your breath away momentarily.  Will check next week after antibiotics.   Xxoo

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Annabelle41415
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An infection will definitely show up in the CEA level so that is probably why the rise in it.  Wait until your done with the antibiotics and over the infection and then test again, I'm sure it will show that it is lower.  Hope you feel better soon - heard that wasn't too fun to go through.

Kim

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thxmiker
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I agree with the other posts.  My CEA sky rocketed when I had an infection. My Oncologist told me not to worry and told us the numbers would come back down in a month after the antibiotics did their thing. 

 

Best Always,  mike

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Hooley
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Thanks Kim and Mike, jotting like a bit of reassurance.   I feel good in myself but will seriously consider surgery......

LindaK.
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He just went for his 3 month follow up, 2nd one since finishing FOLFOX in July and having clear scans in August.  It was up to 3.5.  He just finished 1 month of antibiotics for an infection in his perotid gland.  Onc. said "Don't worry, don't spend another minute thinking about it"  He told him it could be because of the infection and/or antibiotics or sometimes former smokers have rises in their CEA levels.  They took some more blood for further testing.  We leave Saturday for Vegas for our "F cancer" trip.  He said he'd call if anything serious shows up - UGH!  He has an appt. in 3 weeks to check it again. 

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Hooley
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Thanks Linda.......Vegas  yahoooo.    We had hoped to visit our son who is playing college ball for Albany but it's just sooooo far from Australia and not cheap.   Have a great trip

LindaK.
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Joined: Apr 2013

We will have a great trip.  Australia sure is far and you wouldn't want to come this time of year - cold, gray and windy.

Linda

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