CEA level up from 1.17 to 2.28 in 2 months



I am 63 year old and undergo last Chemo therapy in May. I had tested CEA in August which was 1.17 and in October it elevated to 2.28. Although normal range is less than 3.0 (I am non-smoker). Is there something i should worry about for elevated level ? is it normal ?

Your advice will be really helpful.


Thank you,



  • abrub
    abrub Member Posts: 2,174 Member
    edited November 2016 #2
    Nothing to worry about

    I'm a non-smoker, and mine has varied between 2-5.  Many non-cancer things can affect the CEA - any inflammation; etc.  The normal range is just that - values in that range are normal, and will vary.


  • kmygil
    kmygil Member Posts: 876 Member
    edited November 2016 #3
    You're ok

    You should be fine.  This is within normal range and CEA fluctuates all the time depending on what else is going on with you.  CEA is a very generalized indicator, and unless it goes really high, I would not worry.


  • NewHere
    NewHere Member Posts: 1,427 Member
    Just One Thing

    CEA varies among people.  If you are being monitored, scanned etc. it is a tool.  Any doubt, get an MRI

  • Trubrit
    Trubrit Member Posts: 5,800 Member
    Check again

    When my CEA rose, I asked for another blood test the follwoing week. I knew I would have to pay for it, but I had to do it for my own peace of mind. 

    Its an option. 

    Good luck! 


  • Doreen65
    Doreen65 Member Posts: 52
    Don't trust CEA

    My CEA was 2.6 and I was just diagnosed with a 3cm mass.... Request an MRI to escape radiation