A 52-year-old female asked:
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i have stage 2 colon cancer and just had a colectomy the oncologist is performing an expensive blood test to see next steps what is this test?

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Dr. Soren Singel
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Ask the oncologist: Many different tests available - ask your oncologist.
Answered on Dec 6, 2013
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Just ask: May be a CEA level. This is a marker commonly used to follow colorectal cancer patients to indicate a possible recurrence. In sure your oncologist would be happy to explain it to you. All you have to do is ask. Best if luck. Hope this helps!
Answered on Feb 13, 2015
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