Jan 04, 2014 - 11:28 am
Well this is my 5th time on chemo since I was first diagnosed in 2007. My CEA levels seem to keep bouncing around this time (see below). No sure what to do. I'm KRAS positive, so that limits my choices. I've maxed out Oxy (thankfully) and have been on Xeliri, but it doesn't seem to be very effective. Been thinking about going back to 5-FU and the pump (yuck!). Got a CT Scan scheduled for the 17th and amy trying to get into see the surgeon. I want to push for cytoreduction, no HIPEC, with Dr. Lowy at UCSD, as my HMO refers patients to him and I've seen him and like him a lot. I plan on using Laz's source for testing chemo effectiveness should I have live tumors.
Has anyone had similar results, usually I'm on a straight downward trend? Thanks, Traci
Cycle 1 - 18.6 CEA
Cycle 2 - 15.9
Cycle 3 - 18.4 (cold, diaherra, no irinotecan or avastin) - maybe the cold caused the initial spike?
Cycle 4 - 21.4 - not taking all three drugs made it worse?
Cycle 5 - 15.2 - back on the downward trend
Cycle 6 - 17.2 - up a bit, not sick or anything, maybe a bit tired from the holidays