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What does slight increase from .7 to 1 CEA level indicates after resecting rectal cancer stage 1 two years back . The preope value 2.2?

What does slight increase from .7 to 1 CEA level indicates after resecting rectal cancer stage 1 two years back .  The preope value 2.2?

It is normal: Your CEA is normal, so why bother checking it. I would advise not to check it unless there is clear cut indication. it can only cause you more anxiety and little benefit! ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What CEA value conisdered a risk of rectal cancer stage 1 recurr. Preoper the value is 2.2 and since two years its arround .7?

What CEA value conisdered a risk of rectal cancer  stage 1 recurr. Preoper the value is 2.2 and since two years its arround .7?

Be careful..: Do not put too much value on a blood test by itself. CEA of 3 or less is considered "normal". Smokers have higher CEAs; up to 5, maybe 10. Anything higher than that is suspicious but by no means diagnostic of recurrence. So called "tumor markers" sometimes go up in non malignant diseases or even for no detectable reason at all. Scans and sometimes biopsies are needed to confirm cancer. Best 2U! ...Read more

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I had lar for rectal cancer 5mo ago. Now, I have a persistent groove line in my stool (same size as before surgery). Normal cea. What's the cause?

I had lar for rectal cancer 5mo ago.  Now, I have a persistent groove line in my stool (same size as before surgery). Normal cea. What's the cause?

Not sure: There is any significance to a groove, but you may discuss this with your surgeon. The procedure uses a circling stapling device to bring the resected ends together, occasionally this is done by hand. Control of your bowels, lack of blood all positive signs. Does not sound like cancer. Talk to the surgeon about your concern. ...Read more

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Stage 1 rectal cancer, removed April with clear margins. oncologist thinks a lung nodule may be inflammatIon as CEA normal. Could it be cancer?

Stage 1 rectal cancer, removed April with clear margins. oncologist thinks a lung nodule may be inflammatIon as CEA normal. Could it be cancer?

You bet: Any patient with a lung nodule needs careful thoughtful evaluation. A normal CEA does not exclude possible malignancy. Hopefully this is something other than spread of cancer from the rectum, but you must be certain before it is no longer manageable. See a pulmonary expert. ...Read more

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I have mthfr c677t homozygous mutation, history of rectal cancer (dx@35y). Are these related? What is the serum folate (folic acid) level I should aim if want pregnant?

I have mthfr c677t homozygous mutation, history of rectal cancer (dx@35y). Are these related? What is the serum folate (folic acid) level I should aim if want pregnant?

Not related: These are not related. Also recent data shows no clinical significance of having a mrhfr mutation. It is safe for pregnancy and there is no increase risk for miscarriage other than your normal risk factors. Do not need to follow folate (folic acid) or homocysteine levels. ...Read more

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How does rectal cancer affect the body?

How does rectal cancer affect the body?

Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above. ...Read more

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Is it common for people with rectal cancer to die quickc?

Is it common for people with rectal cancer to die quickc?

Rectal Ca: May rarely progress and cause death quickly, but it usually presents in a highly treatable form (bleeding draws attention), therapy depends in closeness to anal/spincter muscles, invasion into/thru bowel wall, and nodes. Even with liver and lung metastasis, life can usuallybe prlonged. So quick death would be an exception and unusual. ...Read more

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Is stage 1 rectal cancer very serious?

Is stage 1 rectal cancer very serious?

It can be..: This is where the cancer does not go past the muscle layer. Surgery can cure this but there are risks. Surgery can be through the abdomen with or without surgery on the anus. The first way might need a temporary or permanent colostomy, an opening for expulsion of waste. The other way requires a permanent colostomy. Surgery may be done that just involves the anus, but that risks recurrence. ...Read more

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What is stage 3 rectal cancer recovery?

Lymph node disease: Stage 3 rectal cancer describes cancer that has spread to lymph nodes. Stage 3 rectal cancer is treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotehrpay. The order of these treatments mary vary somewhat. Recovery from surgery generally takes about 4 weeks. The course of chemotherapy and radiation is usually 6 months. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Rectal Cancer (Definition)

Cancer by definition is the growth in size and number in an unregulated manner of a cell line that has developed a mutation. The mutation is passed through the offspring which accumulate more and more mutations. The defining factor is that the cells act immortal as compared to normal cells that have a programmed lifespan. In the rectum this can occur in the cells that ...Read more


Remission (Definition)

This is related to act of remitting.A condition or period n which something is remitted.It is not a cure. Complete remission means that there is no sign or symptoms of the condition like cancer or another condition partial remission means some ...Read more