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Buzzard
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well, I missed my appt today with Oncologists after having blood drawn last week. My thoughts were the 16th and it was today at 10:30 this morning. I call to see when I can get in and its a week ( 22nd). I asked before I hung up what my CEA level was ...it was 2 before...Its 9 now..Im gonna vent after work when I get by myself, 1000 things are running through my head right now, but I am going to do the same thing as I told Eric yesterday. It doesn't matter what it takes, we are stronger than it will ever be...I am thinking that I need to get my game face on...she told me that he was going to speak with me about the route to take scans or another draw, I just don't know right now where Im heading right now. I will keep in touch as I find out things to come....Love to all.....Buzz

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lisa42
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Hey you,

Well, dang, that darn CEA. Here's to hoping and praying it means nothing... but am praying for you right now that it's nothing and that you are able to stay calm and okay while waiting.

Take care....
Lisa

Fight for my love
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If I were you,my mind would be super spinning too.I hope it is nothing as Lisa said.Take care.

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abmb
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Keep the positive thoughts and the fight going. You have the right idea, you want to win and you will. I pray all goes well, my husband had his CEA levels taken on Tuesday, I will be calling tomorrow for the results, I don't wait for them to call. Again, positive thoughts and Prayers are coming your way. God Bless. Margaret

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tootsie1
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Oh, Buzz.

I'll be praying that this is just a flukey thing and not what your mind is trying to think right now.

*hugs*
Gail

AnneCan
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Sorry to hear that Buzz; I hope it is nothing. You are right, you are stronger than this. Please let us know how it goes. Take good care.

adamommy
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Hello Everyone

I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in May. Since then I have had colon resectioning surgery and just had my mediport implanted yesterday. I am scheduled for my first treatment to begin on July 19. My question is this- what is the CEA? I guess this is one of the things I have forgot to ask my oncologist. I have had so many other questions and seems like there are so many things to learn that I sometimes don't know where to start. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

God Bless You All

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John23
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what is the CEA?

CEA is only one of many cancer markers that are used as part
of a total diagnostic evaluation and prognosis.

Alone, it's of no real value. It's like having an elevated sugar
level, or an infrequent incidence of high blood pressure....

Cancer cells give off CEA, and they can give off twice as much
as they are dying, than when they are growing. Other factors
will be taken into consideration by the examining physician.

Many cancers do not give off CEA, or can be sporadic, so
try not to read more into test results than you should. I leave
it to the physician.....

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Not the news you or I or the rest of the board wants to read. Who knows, maybe it is nothing so don't let your mind go crazy until you know more. I know, I know, easier said than done.

Now go make nice to the wife!

Hugs - Tina

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You are strong and will get through the days ahead until you can have that pow wow with the doc. As you know, there'll have to be a trend before he gets too worked up, but a scan might make you feel a little better. Is CEA a good marker for you? I'm praying for you, Buzz
mary

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HollyID
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but remember that a CEA can go up because of inflammation, and a plethora of other causes. I'm still going to be sending good vibes and prayers your way!

Love ya bud!

Hugs,

Holly

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Buzz,
I heard the guy that did your count drinks a lot. Hang in there my friend.
I get mine tested next week. Yea, I be a little nervous.
Kerry

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Aud
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thinking about you and hope all is well.
Audrey

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damn, I truly was not expecting to hear this from you.
First, you do know it is a waste of energy to let this get to you (at least until you have a clear idea of what THIS means!)
Second, this is why we have these dang tests Buzz- to be able to hopefully catch this before it gets out of hand. You weren't thinking you were having these just for fun were ya?
This is a bump, nothing more.

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Maybe it was something you ate! Hang in there! Wishing it away!

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Buzzard
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had me a little talk with the old trash can again and it helped tremendously.....yeah, Im good, and Im gonna stay that way...I got way to much stuff to do to worry about some little ole crap like that......I know either way that its gonna be a winning situation for me so all is well with me now......
On another note...until I find out something for sure only my cyber family and 2 friends from work know. I don't want my family worrying about something that may or may not be true. If in fact it is then I will let em know, if its not and im sure it isn't then no harm no foul.....My wife goes through enough just putting up with me :)......Maybe she'll make chicken for me or something special......LOL......teasing girls, just teasing...Love to all....Buzz

Brenda3.16
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Buzz, Glad you are feeling better. The mental battle is the hardest part of this disease. Every scan or test brings on so many emotions. You've got a great attitude !! Brenda

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Hey Buzz.......... I have my very own trash can too. I took your suggestion from a year ago and that can has become very important to me. I talk to it...hit it...kick it...yell at it...cry with it... Thank you for that. You will be fine cause you are YOU. Sending good vibes your way.

Jennie

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Thanks for being your usual inspirational self. Hoping this CEA number is just the fluke that it can be. Thinking of you!

all the best, Leslie

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Sounds like it can do some good! I'm glad to hear you are doing better and plan on hitting hard, no matter the outcome! Funny, I can't even keep things from my family by posting here cause my twin has discovered this place and checks out my postings :) I guess it's his way of finding out what I don't want them to find out! However, my counselor has convinced me it's time I stop trying to protect them anyhow, so it's not as much of an issue anymore. I cause myself additional stress trying to "protect" my family from the ugliness and it's totally unnecessary; my family wants to be with me in all of it, even if it's a false alarm! They want to cry with me, then cheer with me when the news is good! Hang tough
mary

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Funny you mention, Chicken. My husband had his CEA level taken on Tuesday and what did he ask me to make for dinner, homemade chicken fingers. Alot of work, but I feel he's worth it. His climbed a little, not high at all, but an increase to me, means I will worry for him. He doesn't know and I keep it that way, don't want him to worry especially if it is nothting. Nurse said normal, so if he asks that's what I'll tell him. Take care, Buzz and stay strong. Margaret

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Send me some, please! Thanks! :)
mary

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Go eat a coyote!

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Crap!! I agree with you on what Eric said. Keep us informed BUZZ. As always thinking good thoughts for you. I hope it is nothing. Or something small and fixable. Love Paula

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Buzzard
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is simply physical therapy that ya don't have to pay for.......Thanks everyone, ya'll just seem to take away all the worry.......That's why I love ya all.......Buzz

khl8
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Hang in there!!!! It could be anything. You know what is odd? My doctors havce never told me my CEA and I have never asked. Strange HUH? Must not be as important to them as other docs. Numbers can lie all the time, so don't be freaking out about them yet!!!!
and Buzz, we love you too!!!!
Kathy

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Sorry about your worry. Just had my blood test yesterday and always dread the results. It could be anything that has brought this up. My oncologist said she doesn't worry about it until it has gone up in the 10's multiple. Was the marker good for you before? Pray for you and hoping that everything turns out great.

Kim

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same with me...2 to 4 to 6 in a few months... PET scan in a few weeks... I was crushed for a while and still just getting back up... I try to stay busy but get so pissed at cancer...I don't know if anger is a positive drug to have at this time but I got extra... take care buddy
Chip

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Buzzard,
You always find the right attitude and way to go at this thing. I am hoping and praying it is nothing... maybe inflammation.
Thanks for keeping us posted.

aloha,
Kathleen

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take a stance and stay the positive Mentor you are and always have been. i'm sorry i don't know you better. i've followed your post and many others. your right, everyone here has there own way to lift our spirits when were down and when we have just too much on our plate. your post(s) have helped me tremendously and i hope in some small way this reply can reciprocate some of that. as we always say to each other it's really best if we don't worry about something we don't have all the facts about. this probably is nothing at all. i would think maybe what's on the horizon is additional testing and i'm praying the results are ALL in your favor. were here for you BUZZ.

ed

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HI Buzz, thats right, nothing is gonna get you down, you are one strong person.. Keep talking to that trash can.. LOL

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Big Ol' Hugs Clift ((HUGSS))

Peggy

SandyL
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for me as well. I am so sorry to hear of your news. But,I'm thinking it's nothin to be worrying about about at this time. You are the backbone and strength of this forum in my mind (well you and Craig, of course) and I know you are gonna kick some cancer butt. Just keep us informed, kay?
Sandy

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and Nana B........the coyote was excellent....a tad bit stringy, but otherwise perfect with an Au Jus and a slight pinch of Basil.........LMAO......don't think Im not noticing those posts.....LOL...Thanks to all for the serious,funny, and meaningful posts...I got a big smile on my face . I have thought of the many on this board that have been at it a whole lot longer than I have, so then I ask myself,"How can I possibly worry about something as small as this when some of my friends here are struggling much more than I"...I just slapped myself for being so selfish...well not really...but I think I have a better perception of how others feel now that the mortal side has popped up in my thinking again...You know what I have decided....This disease really does suck !!!!!

Love to all....Buzz

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Not that I'd wish anything bad for you, but I'm hoping you have some sort of infection that caused a little spike in your CEA. It is still low enough that it could easily be another problem that caused this. I hope you get it rechecked and it has come back down.

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to see exactly what we want to do...another blood draw (which is what I am going to order first ) just to do away with the possibility of simply an off reading or something else...I know nothing of how liver enzymes checked, I do know that they are watching my blood count for I have been slight anemic...It has dropped from 14 to 13,8 to 13.5 to 13.2 last time ..This has been over a year period. He said nothing major just something he wanted to monitor. I do not know if CEA is a good indicator for me or not, only that there has been no scans except a chest exray that I decided I wanted about 2 months ago(that was clean by the way )but no CAT or PET scans at all for 2 years...Never really had a reason...Guess we may now but Im not sure if CEA is an indication of anything or not...It is what it is I guess, anyway, I got to many honey-doos after that chicken conversation to worry about reoccurence right now......

dorookie
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I am sure you will handle it in the old Buzzard fashion that we are all accustomed to. You are such a great person, one I care for very much, you have helped me and many here in so many ways, I thank you for that. I truly pray that the rise in CEA means nothing other than maybe you have been eating to much chicken or coyote....LOL....

Keep us posted buddy, cant wait to hear that all is good....Try to stay calm and hope you can rest and sleep.....the waiting and not knowing can drive you a little nuttso, for me that is a short drive...LOL

Take care my buddy, will be thinking and praying for you, as always..

Love ya
Beth

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Sonia32
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Hope everything will be ok clift, thinking of you. Big hugs

amcp
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Just wanted to let you know we are and have always been keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there ...you are such an inspiration to me as well as others. Keep us updated.
Anna

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I wanted to say I hope everything is ok Buzz, will keep you in my prayers. Keep us posted *frets*

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Buzzard
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Thank you for the thoughts...They are always welcome...and always appreciated.....Im not fretting anymore, everything is in order, the ole heads on straight, now its simply butt kickin' time....their fixing to see just exactly who their fooling with now...I'm not going anywhere anytime soon........Remember, you and I are going to remind each other in 40 years that " Yes, This can be beaten".......Love and Hope to all of you.......Buzz

dorookie
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Have you gotten any news yet?

HUGS
Beth

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christinecarl
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I am holding you to this just so you know, butt kicking time indeed. If anyone can beat it, my bets are on you.

mom_2_3
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Thinking of you especially this evening and hoping you get good news tomorrow from your dr appointment.

Amy

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Buzzard
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I am at work right now but going home early to get some sleep before tomorrow...Then whatever the outcome.........I gotta mow my yard..... :) Love to all........Buzz

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