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Stage IV - CEA Level/Liver Mets

Posts: 100
Joined: Mar 2004

For those of you who have had liver mets, can you give me information about the number of mets and your cea level at the time? Right now, my dad's cea level is extremely high for the first time and I just want to get a sense of what others have gone through. Thanks!!

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Posts: 346
Joined: May 2005

When I had a recurrence in July, two liver mets showed up in CT/PET/MRI scans (and then during the resection the surgeon founds two more liver mets not detected by the scans), my CEA was 2.9. That's within the normal range. I've often been told that CEA is not, in itself, a reliable diagnostic tool.


KathiM's picture
Posts: 8077
Joined: Aug 2005

So far, the stuff on my liver is not officially classified as mets...just polyps...so, I have nothing to offer but good, strong, healthy vibes for both you and dad!

Hugs, Kathi

Betsydoglover's picture
Posts: 1256
Joined: Jul 2005

Hi -

I am wishing the best for your Dad. CEA is not a diagnostic tool - just one "datapoint". Like Rodney says, you cannot correlate CEA with number of mets. For example, my CEA was

Take care,

Posts: 64
Joined: Mar 2006

Hi There! When I was first diagnosed my CEA was 186. After my surgery on my colon it dropped to 79 before starting chemo. I was told that I had tumors covering about half of my liver plus some spots in my lungs. Just found out that I am in remission last week! I hope this helps!

Posts: 105
Joined: Nov 2006

stage 4 rectal cancer here. i had 15 nodules in each lung and 2 mets on my liver.my cea at diagnosis was 22 today it is 2.5. i am in full remission now something the docs said i would never do. cea can rise and drop for thousands of different reasons dont pay a whole lot of attention to it. hope this helps. hugs to you and your dad.

Posts: 1560
Joined: May 2006

As others have said, don't take a lot of stock in CEA levels. After three months NED my hubby was found to have several liver spots with a CEA of around 28. It was only 28 when he was first dx'd in June 05. Our doctor does not depend of CEA levels and rarely checks these. There are many other tools that more accurate than CEA.

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