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CEA

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Fighting For My Kids
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Joined: Mar 2011

Does anyone know if your CEA number can be effected by Strep Throat? Also could it be possible that the number is different from using a different lab? My number jumped from 2.6 to 6.5 in only five weeks and this was also following a CT that came back clear but for two nodules of 3&5mm in my lungs that they say could be nothing but they will need to be watched. But the blood was tested while I have strep and it was tested at a different location than where I usually get it tested and I am wondering if different labs might test the blood differetnly.

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Lovekitties
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Joined: Jan 2010

CEA is a strange 'animal'. For some it can be a good indicator regarding cancer, for others not so much.

Other things do impact CEA as well, including infections.

With only two tests, it is not necessarily a good representation. Usually there is a watch for trending over a number of them or a very big spike.

Don't fret over this just yet. I expect that your docs will want to wait and get additional CEA and CT results before making any firm determination.

Until then, keep living life and enjoying each day.

Marie who loves kitties

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