CEA going the wrong direction

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idarochny
idarochny Member Posts: 13
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
First CEA was 28, next was 150 and now 301! I'm currently on Erbitux and irinotecan. Is this chemo a fertilizer? I'm going for a Pet Scan ASAP this coming week.

feeling nervous,
Ida

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  • PamPam2
    PamPam2 Member Posts: 370 Member
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    Glad you are going for Pet scan Ida. Hope it's just the cancer cells dying off from the chemo, but that is a big jump. Maybe they will have to change your chemo. Wishing the best for you.
    Pam
  • sheri22
    sheri22 Member Posts: 273
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    GOOD LUCK ON PET SCAN
    Ida
    Just seen your news on your CEA I know you are nervous as--- try not to think about it easier said then done but the stress wont help or change anything, try to find something to enjoy you deserve some fun keep us posted and GOOD LUCK

    Sheri22
  • mom_2_3
    mom_2_3 Member Posts: 953 Member
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    Ida
    Ida,

    CEA changes can certainly wreak havoc with one's mental outlook. I know changes in my own can lead to great feelings of apprehension and fear. The only thing I can do is distract myself and wait for the scans. The CEA is only a tool but it is not 100% accurate and the scan is what will give you the picture of what is going on. So good for you that you are having a scan so quickly...your doctor is on the ball and monitoring you very closely. That is a great thing.

    In the meantime cuddle that adorable cat in your picture (we have 3 Oriental Shorthairs so know the breed quite well) and try to relax.

    I will keep you in my thoughts this week.

    All the best,
    Amy
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,044 Member
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    I'd be nervous, too, dear. I'm glad you're getting checked soon, so you can know exactly what is going on. I'll be praying for great results.

    *hugs*
    Gail
  • PhillieG
    PhillieG Member Posts: 4,866 Member
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    Ida
    As I'm sure you've read on here, the CEA isn't the most accurate marker.
    I've been on erbitux and irinotecan for a long while with good results.

    It's not always easy but try to think of other things and stay occupied until your scan.
    -p
  • kimby
    kimby Member Posts: 797
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    I wish I had the magic answer for you that would make you stop worrying. I don't. Just know that we all wish you the best. I will send all the good thoughts I can muster your way.

    Hugs,

    Outwit. Outplay. Outlast.

    Kimby
  • Sundanceh
    Sundanceh Member Posts: 4,392 Member
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    Hi Ida

    Big jump in CEA alright...definitely worth checking into. Levels could be rising from dying cancer cells...with that high a jump, it makes you wonder for sure...let's hope this is what it is...monitoring is a good thing...positive thoughts on your results.

    -Craig