CEA

Buzzard
Buzzard Member Posts: 3,043 Member
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
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
    lisa42 Member Posts: 3,625 Member
    thinking of you Clift
    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
    Fight for my love Member Posts: 1,522 Member
    If I were you,my mind would
    If I were you,my mind would be super spinning too.I hope it is nothing as Lisa said.Take care.
  • abmb
    abmb Member Posts: 311
    Keep the positive
    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
  • tootsie1
    tootsie1 Member Posts: 5,044 Member
    No!
    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
    AnneCan Member Posts: 3,673 Member
    Sorry to hear that Buzz; I
    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.
  • geotina
    geotina Member Posts: 2,111 Member
    Crap
    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
  • adamommy
    adamommy Member Posts: 15
    AnneCan said:

    Sorry to hear that Buzz; I
    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.

    CEA?
    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
  • John23
    John23 Member Posts: 2,122 Member
    adamommy said:

    CEA?
    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

    adamommy
    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.....
  • msccolon
    msccolon Member Posts: 1,917 Member
    game face on for sure!
    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
  • HollyID
    HollyID Member Posts: 946 Member
    Clift, I'm praying...
    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
  • Kerry S
    Kerry S Member Posts: 606 Member
    Hang in there my friend
    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
  • Aud
    Aud Member Posts: 479
    Clift
    thinking about you and hope all is well.
    Audrey
  • Patteee
    Patteee Member Posts: 945
    buzzzy
    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.
  • Nana b
    Nana b Member Posts: 3,030 Member
    Patteee said:

    buzzzy
    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.

    Hi!
    Maybe it was something you ate! Hang in there! Wishing it away!
  • Buzzard
    Buzzard Member Posts: 3,043 Member
    Nana b said:

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

    Im fine now thanks all........
    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
    Brenda3.16 Member Posts: 209
    Buzzard said:

    Im fine now thanks all........
    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

    Buzz, Glad you are feeling
    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
  • idlehunters
    idlehunters Member Posts: 1,787 Member

    Buzz, Glad you are feeling
    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

    CEA
    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
  • lesvanb
    lesvanb Member Posts: 905
    Buzzard said:

    Im fine now thanks all........
    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

    Walking your talk, Buzz
    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
  • msccolon
    msccolon Member Posts: 1,917 Member
    Buzzard said:

    Im fine now thanks all........
    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

    what's this with the trash can?
    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
  • abmb
    abmb Member Posts: 311
    Buzzard said:

    Im fine now thanks all........
    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

    Funny you mention, Chicken.
    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