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Rising Cea Levels Colon Cancer
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
Depending how used: CEA first identified in 1965 by Phil Gold and Samuel O. Freedman in human colon cancer extracts. Thought to be valuable for dx colorectal Ca but the glycoprotein is also expressed in inflamed tissue so that smoking and enema can cause rise. Best used for monitoring so that if present in primary and rises it represents treatment failure and if diminishes during treatment it represents a response. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
No.: Not all high psa is cancer. Many times it can be in prostatic hyperplasia, and BPH or benign prostatic hypertrophy. However, many times cancer must be ruled out in these cases. That's why other tests like digital rectal exam and biopsy of the prostate are done. Psa levels >10 ng/ml or positive dre should be tested for cancer with transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy or trus to rule out cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Here are some ...: The issue and debate on PSA has evolved drastically over the past 10 years although it has been around since 1970. To address the essential information on PSA uncertainty and debate, please review the articles in http://formefirst.com/FreeInfoProstate.html. I do believe you will gain a solid synopsis of PSA. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
CA-19-9, hs, CRP, ESR and CEA levels. Are these typically elevated in pancreatic or gastric cancer??
Tests CA pancreas: 21 M LA US asks CA-19-9, hs, CRP, ESR and CEA levels. Are these typically elevated in pancreatic or gastric cancer?? ANS: if by typically you mean more than 50% of the time then No. I would discuss each with your Dr who ordered these and see how the numbers should be interpreted in your specific situation. ...Read more
Possible: Please note that cea is just another tool we have and as such it is not perfect. Many patients have elevated cea and have no cancer and many others have clinical and x-ray evidence of active cancer and yet their cea is normal. Such tumors just don't produce cea and in those cases, the test is useless. No test is infallible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Late detection and: Related pathology. Primary liver cancer often arises in patients with cirrhosis and is not detected early enough for a curative resection. There are no effective chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Most liver cancers are metastatic lesions from other cancers which by definition are incurable. ...Read more
Partially yes: The staging information is generally favorable. The T3 (liothyronine) means that this tumor was involving the bowel wall but not the surrounding organs and this may have contributed to the perforation during the dissection. My advise is when you see an oncologist, make sure to point out this information. Even though you are node negative, the oncologist may be more willing to recommend chemotherapy to be safer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PSA prostate cancer: Generally a psa level above 4 warrants a follow up with your physician. There can be increases due to increasing age, size of prostate, or infection. I would definitely recommend a follow up with your doctor who will have you see a urologist for further care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase) always elevated if pancreatic cancer is present?? What about insulin blood level?
Insulin levels /P.Ca: Serum amylase and/or lipase levels: Elevated in less than 50% of patients with resectable pancreatic cancers and in only 25% of patients with unresectable tumors. Tumor markers such as CA 19-9 antigen and CEA: 75-85% have elevated CA 19-9 levels; 40-45% have elevated CEA levels.The odds of getting pancreatic cancer were worse for men with type 2 diabetes and the highest insulin levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
7 CM ovarian cyst, ca-125 levels elevated (48), roma score & all blood tests good. Previously had nasopharyngeal cancer. Recurrence or endometrioma?
Likely endometrioma: At your age, ovarian cancer would be exceedingly rare. Ca-125 levels can be elevated in young women for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with cancer. Nasopharyngeal cancer and ovarian have no relation to each other. Your doctor should tell you what features or characteristics the ovarian cyst has, this will tell you what kind of cyst it is. Good luck! ...Read more
Colon cancer patient . Cea rising on irinotecan . It was started in oct when CEA was 8. Dec cea-9, jan CEA 10. Is this treatment failure ?
Not necessarily: Chemotherapy can cause the CEA to rise when started. In addition, that is not a significant rise to make me concerned. Also, one wants to see a trend. Meaning, 8, 10, 15, 20 before one thinks failure. In addition, don't treat a number, treat what can be seen on the CT scan. Hope this helps. ...Read more
It varies: Ldh levels in various cancers can be elevated but not all the time. It is marker of cell proliferation;l so it is more often elevated in very advanced bulky tumors. But it is quite unpredictable so there is no set expected number that we can provide .But it is good to know the blood level as a normal ldh value is often a favorable feature in most types of cancer. ...Read more
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