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What do you suggest if my CEA test was a 3. should I do something else . I had colon cancer in 1997?

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

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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Could use your help docs! my CEA test was a 3. Should I do something else? I had colon cancer in 1997?

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

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My CEA test was a 3. What should I do? I had colon cancer in 1997?

My CEA test was a 3. What should I do? I had colon cancer in 1997?

CEA of 3: is in normal range. IF you have been getting regular checkups yearly and colonoscopies, you don't need to do anything more. Just follow the recommendations for your follow ups and colonoscopies provided by your Oncologist/Colorectal surgeon/gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What is the normal dose for Xeloda (capecitabine) for stage IV metastatic colon cancer?

What is the normal dose for Xeloda (capecitabine) for stage IV metastatic colon cancer?

Individualize dose: Xeloda (capecitabine) can be used as a single agent to treat stage IV metastatic colorectal cancer. The usual dose is 1250 mg/m2 twice daily orally for 14 days, followed by a 7-day rest period for a total cycle time of 21 days. Adjuvant treatment is recommended for a total of 6 months (8 cycles). Doses may be altered for individual situations with reduced doses for patients with kidney problems. ...Read more

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My father had colon cancer 3 years ago and we fear it has returned and mets already. Tests are still being run but CEA was over 10. Is this a bad sign?

Likely to be: Cea or carcinoembryonic antigen, is a tumor marker usually associated with colon cancer, but can be seen elevated in other tumors. When associated with colon cancer, it is useful to follow serially after resection or to follow as part of treatment. If the value is normal at one point and becomes elevated, then a careful search for recurrence is indicated. ...Read more

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What is prognosis like for colon cancer pt with 1 liver met, 1 node and 0.5 lung nodule ? Primary was resected last year . Cea 10. Bloodwork normal?

What is prognosis like for colon cancer pt with 1 liver met, 1 node and 0.5 lung nodule ? Primary was resected last year . Cea 10. Bloodwork normal?

Prognosis: Prognosis is determined at time of diagnosis/treatment. Seems cancer is/was stage 4, which has a shorter prognosis than stage 1. If stage 4 is NEW, newly discovered liver metastasis, then prognosis will be negatively impacted compared to a year ago. Regardless of prognosis, talk with your docs. Take friend/family with you to appointments to help with understanding. Treatments exist. Be well. ...Read more

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My sister is on chemotherapy (folfox for metastatic colon cancer). Recent blood test shows high WBC (14, 000) and platelets (429). Is this okay?

My sister is on chemotherapy (folfox for metastatic colon cancer).  Recent blood test shows high WBC (14, 000) and platelets (429). Is this okay?

No worries.: High WBC can be due to many causes: infection, stress, steroid use, dehydration, or the use of growth factor (such as neupogen). If there is no evidence of infection, then there is nothing to worry about. High platelet count is not uncommon since it is a body's reaction to stress of any cause (platelet is an acute phase reactant). Again, nothing to worry about. All the best, hk. ...Read more

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A friend has been told they have colon cancer, diagnosed via a tumour marker blood test, high cea, CT scan showed contained mass. Is this conclusive?

A friend has been told they have colon cancer, diagnosed via a tumour marker blood test, high cea, CT scan showed contained mass. Is this conclusive?

No, but...: But very suspicious for colon cancer. If your friend is similar in age to yourself a mass in the colon on ct scan is cancer until proven otherwise. And cea levels can go up for other reasons but, given the mass, they would strongly favor cancer. But to answer your question "no"... They are not definitive. You would need a piece of the mass under a microscope to prove definitively its cancer. ...Read more

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Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Is metastatic colon cancer curable?

Possible: But less than 20% survive 5 years. Depends on where the metastases are and how numerous and size. Solitary liver mets without evidence elsewhere in the body can be cured with a liver resection. Diffuse mets to numerous body parts rarelyare curable. ...Read more

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Are cea markers reliable for metastic colon cancer ?

Are cea markers reliable for metastic colon cancer ?

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 more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more