A 65-year-old female asked:
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mom has cholangiocarcinoma liver cancer, klatskins tumor, three months ago her cea level was 4.8 and now it's 19.8. what does this mean?

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Dr. James Burns
37 years experience Emergency Medicine
Suggests: Disease progression, but would ask her oncologist directly as lab work is sometimes not representative of clinical conditions. All the best to your mom...
Answered on Dec 11, 2013
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Dr. Norman Baron
52 years experience General Surgery
It is spreading: Rising CEA levels are a sign that a cancer is spreading, getting bigger or all of the above. Sounds like she needs to have a ct scan, MRI or a pet scan to evaluate the tumor.
Answered on Feb 13, 2015

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