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What Is The Meaning Of Cea Test
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
A friend of mine had an 11 on his CEA test they gave him a colonoscopy it came out good what did that number elevate for?
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
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
Yes it is normal: Yes it is normal.Why did you have this test done at age of 25 even if you are a smoker. ...Read more
Colon cancer marker: The cea (carcinoembryonic antigen) test is a colon cancer tumor marker. As with most tumor markers, it is not used as a screening test for colon cancer (in other words, it is not used to find the cancer because of a relatively high false positive rate) but it is used to monitor the cancer once it has been diagnosed. This is particularly useful for treated colon cancer to see if the tumor reoccurs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi my friend 50 year male smoker had a CEA of 11 gave him a colon test came out great but now they are giving an upper GI scope? To rule out what?
NEEDS EVALUATION: An elevated cea is worrisome, but sometimes non-specific especially in smokers. But now that they found it a work-up is in order, including checking the lungs of a smoker for lung cancer. Sometimes finding something is very difficult and he may need to be followed for a time until somethinng abnormal shows up. ...Read more
Yes: To answer your question simply, yes that is in normal range for cea. However, a normal cea does not mean a person does or does not have a cancer. It does become useful to trend and monitor for recurrence in patients with colon cancer, especially if they previously had an elevated level. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If CEA levels are high (10-13) & all tests clear of any cancer can smoking be the only reason for such high cea? What would be normal cea?
Yes: Normal cea is generally below 5. By the way, cea is not a screening test. It is used to follow diseases that exist and hint, sometimes, at recurrence. If someone has a cancer, such as colon cancer, and is getting a cea for follow-up, if they are a smoker, it might be elevated as you stated. ...Read more
How common is it for gastrointestinal cancers to cause an elevated CEA level? Is this even a meaningful test? Does it correlate w/a prognostic factor?
Not for screening: A great many smokers have somewhat elevated CEA, and cancer patients with very high CEA will usually have their cancers spotted by ordinary methods. Every one of the serum tumor markers has proved worthless as a screen -- the extra cases they'd pick up are outweighed by the morbidity (not to mention expense) of fishing expeditions searching for most-nonexistent tumors. ...Read more
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
Blood test reveals a CEA level of 7.6ug/l. Never had cancer that i know of. I am a smoker 50yrs of age, female?
Don't screen w/CEA: Cea (carcinoembryonic antigen) is not meant to be used as a screening test for cancer as many cancers don't produce it and smoking can raise the value, leading to unwarranted worry and further invasive testing to dispel said worry. Check out http://labtestsonline.Org/understanding/analytes/cea/tab/test for more info, especially it's proper use & role. ...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
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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