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Maybe marks tumor: Cea is a protein that can be made by some malignant tumor cells (cancer-ca). Some benign diseases can increase cea levels. High cea doesn't make a diagnosis. Helpful for follow up. If ca diagnosed, cea checked. If elevated, follow after treatment. So if cea high before surgery, cea should fall after, and with chemo/rt. Cea rises can be with recurrence or metastatic spread. Lower is better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoker?: Cea is a tumor marker, but it is nonspecific and can be elevated in noncancerous conditions. Smokers will have elevated cea and the range of acceptable values will often include something about smoking. Women with benign gyn problems can also have an elevated cea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: ...On the situation. Up to 3 would be considered "normal" for non smokers and 5 to 10 is expected in smokers but that is not cut and dry. Depends on the lab and also what is "normal" for an individual. I need to know why it was ordered because frankly, out of context that number has absolutely no meaning to me. Ask the ordering doc, he/she can probably tell you better. ...Read more
Yes, but depending..: Psa has been useful and reliable but depending on who uses it and how it's applied so not to serve political correctness and commercialism. More detail? To http://www.Formefirst.Com/newauapsa.Html and http://www.Formefirst.Com/freeinfoprostate.Html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
D/w your oncologist: Cea's sensitivity and specificity are not 100%- meaning many other conditions can affect the level of cea besides colon cancer. The level is also different in a smoker and non smoker. The trend over time would be more important than just one number at certain time. In general for non smoker the level is less than 5 and for smoker could go up to 7.5. Please discuss with your oncologist however. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What do you suggest if my CEA test was a 3. should I do something else . I had colon cancer in 1997?
Chill: Three is normal, my friend. Colon cancer would be unlikely to relapse after 15 years plus. Of course, you could develop another colon cancer so you need to keep your follow ups with your oncologist and get your colonoscopies religiously. Live healthy and if you smoke, quit (that will increase the CEA, by the way). ...Read more
Could use your help docs! my CEA test was a 3. Should I do something else? I had colon cancer in 1997?
First i would: Repeat the cea, if higher need to discuss with your oncologist or a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor to begin workup of recurrent colon cancer. Cea of 3 is not abnormal. You should have been getting colonoscopies regularly since your original diagnosis. Pet/ct scans may be necessary. But if cea is 3 on repeat i would not be concerned. Just stay on 5year colonoscopy schedule. ...Read more
CEA test: Carcinoembryonic antigen test is to detect response to therapy in cancer patients, especially colon cancer, with normal range of less than 2.5 (less than 5 in heavy smokers). Note that a positive test may not always be indicative of cancer. Review with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer