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    CEA level rising during chemotherapy

    Hello,

    My mother diagnosed with colon cancer stage 3B, 5 months ago.

    Her 11th term of chemotherapy (out of 12) scheduled on this Wednesday. Something is not normal in her blood tests before each chemotherapy. Her CEA level before surgery was 7 and after surgery has kept rising steadily.

    It has reached 16, last time, and We are too concerned.

    Her oncologist suggested a PET scan which would take place on this Sunday.

    As long as I understood, rising CEA level during chemotherapy is common. I like to hear your experience.

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    Hi,

    CEA can be helpful to the drs but it can also raise anxiety for the patient. My experience is therefore that my consultant did not monitor my cea.

    Others may chime in but best is to dicuss with the consultant.

    Nick
    Age 1/2 way to 120 plus 1. Symptom of blood in stools May 2011. Colonoscopy June 2011 confirmed rectal cancer. CT scan June 2011 showed no spread to other organs. Anterior resection July 2011 plus 50% bowel removed due to thickening observed during operation. Biopsy confirmed stage 2 in rectum only. Completed 8 cycles of precautionary capecitabine (4600mg Xeloda). Returned to horse riding 6 weeks post op, jumping 2weeks later and first competition 2 weeks after that. July 2012 - CT scan clear. June 2014 - CT scan clear. December 2014 - Colonoscopy clear. July 2017 - 6 year CT scan clear.

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    Agree with Nick.
    Best to direct your question to the doctors.
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    Diagnosed stage 3 March 011
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    Restaged 2b April 011.
    12/09 Colonoscopy clear but picked up hospital infection.
    Aorta & femoral arteries occluded.
    Clot buster drugs put me in ICU with internal bleeding. 9 blood units later they got it under control.
    Aortobifemoral surgery 5th May. yughh.
    PET scan indicates clear
    DEXA bone scan clear
    13/5 CT showed "unknown" but no concern from docs.
    Inguinal lymph nodes and severe groin pain.
    Ultrasound and MRI show no nasties. Pheww
    Groin pain and enlarged lymph nodes still there.
    October -still the same pains but under semi control.
    Additional chest CT scan ordered for 11th November prior to surgery.
    Sinus surgery done and dusted.
    July 2014 PSA at 5.10. 2months of antibiotics in case of UTI, jan 2015 PSA at 7.20, 23/08 now 8.2, current 8.1
    Prostate Cancer confirmed Gleason 3+Marginal 4.
    Active surveillance continues.
    PET CT Aug 2017 indicated lung nodule changes
    CT Guided biopsy 7/09
    November 1 Vats Wedge section pathology Glomulated previous infection
    no Cancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moham View Post
    Hello,

    My mother diagnosed with colon cancer stage 3B, 5 months ago.

    Her 11th term of chemotherapy (out of 12) scheduled on this Wednesday. Something is not normal in her blood tests before each chemotherapy. Her CEA level before surgery was 7 and after surgery has kept rising steadily.

    It has reached 16, last time, and We are too concerned.

    Her oncologist suggested a PET scan which would take place on this Sunday.

    As long as I understood, rising CEA level during chemotherapy is common. I like to hear your experience.
    Hi,my father is facing same situation. How was you mothers PET scan result?Is she free from cancer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayarajan View Post
    Hi,my father is facing same situation. How was you mothers PET scan result?Is she free from cancer?
    Hi, Sorry to hear about your father. The original poster who started the thread only ever posted that one post so it is realistically unlikely that you will get a response. You can always start your own thread with any questions and we will see if we can help.

    Nick
    Age 1/2 way to 120 plus 1. Symptom of blood in stools May 2011. Colonoscopy June 2011 confirmed rectal cancer. CT scan June 2011 showed no spread to other organs. Anterior resection July 2011 plus 50% bowel removed due to thickening observed during operation. Biopsy confirmed stage 2 in rectum only. Completed 8 cycles of precautionary capecitabine (4600mg Xeloda). Returned to horse riding 6 weeks post op, jumping 2weeks later and first competition 2 weeks after that. July 2012 - CT scan clear. June 2014 - CT scan clear. December 2014 - Colonoscopy clear. July 2017 - 6 year CT scan clear.

 

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