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M CEA blood cancer test was <0.5 is that n normal range? Thank u:-)

M CEA blood cancer test was <0.5 is that n normal range? Thank u:-)

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 more

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Cea (Definition)

Carcino embryonic antigen which can be elevated in ...Read more


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Afp test is 24.18 and 26.9 ng/ml for two years, vcaiga is negative, cea, tsgf, t-psa, f-psa are in the normal range. What else should I do?

Afp test is 24.18 and 26.9 ng/ml for two years, vcaiga is negative, cea, tsgf, t-psa, f-psa are in the normal range. What else should I do?

See hepatologist: AFP or Alpha feto-protein is generally a protein made by cells of liver origin (with some exceptions). In you case, you have evidence of chronic active hepatitis b and this can cause elevation of afp, but more concerning would be the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (hcc), or liver cancer. You will need imaging, usually with ultrasound or ct/mri scan to rule out hcc. See a hematologist. ...Read more

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My most recent CEA level was 2.6. Is this normal? What is the normal range?

NORMAL: Carcinoembryonic antigen is a fetal antigen normally found in many adenoCa. The range of the blood test is from 0-2.5 ugm/L but is not specific for cancer. Smoking or taking an enema can cause an elevation. Best used for monitoring where if when elevated with Ca, change in value can reflect a positive or negative response to treatment. ...Read more

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Hi. I have a CEA of 3.47 ng/mL (normal range 0-3) and Platelet Count 129 X 10³/μl (Normal range 140-440). What could this mean please?

Thrombocytopenia: See ahematologist. Your platelet count is low which can affect your ability to clot. CEA is non-specific; however, must be rechecked also. ...Read more

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I had a blood test CEA and the result is <0.5 and am a smoker. Is it normal?

I had a blood test CEA and the result is <0.5 and am a smoker. Is it normal?

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

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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

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I'm 33 - smoker - family history of cancer - Had blood test all normal but CEA 5.4 - creatinine 0.6 - monocytes 9%. Could I have cancer?

I'm 33 - smoker - family history of cancer - Had blood test all normal but CEA 5.4 - creatinine 0.6 - monocytes 9%. Could I have cancer?

Why were you tested?: CEA is a poor screening test in people without symptoms or signs of cancer. And reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. This is very slightly above reference range and not uncommon for a smoker. Please try to stop and ask your physician whether chest imaging and/or colonoscopy are in order. ...Read more

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Had stool test. Occult blood negative Wbc1-3 hpf Rbc 0-1 hpf calprotectin stool test negative CEA 0.43. Below 3.8 is normal What does that mean

Had stool test. Occult blood negative Wbc1-3 hpf Rbc 0-1 hpf calprotectin stool test negative CEA 0.43. Below 3.8 is normal What does that mean

Sounds good.: Although it is impossible to definitively analyze lab results without knowing the patient and the results of all the rest of the lab tests, the portion that you have summarized here sound normal. You should get the opinion of the doctor who did the tests for a more definitive analysis, particularly if you're still having problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 65, loose stools not everyday. Sometimes gas, bloated. Cbc, cea, schevo test all normal. Should I worry?

I'm 65, loose stools not everyday. Sometimes gas, bloated. Cbc, cea, schevo test all normal. Should I worry?

Annual Checks: You need to have your regular annual check ups and ask your doctor for advice. The only thing I would want to make sure is that you have had a Colonoscopic exam for Cancer screening. This is one important test. Other than that your problem does not sound serious. You should exercise daily...walking is one of the best way to keep your bowel healthy and moving normally. This will help to reduce bloati ...Read more

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My ca 15-3 test is 29.04& normal in the lab where I did it is <25 & my CEA is 3.03 normal is <3.8.Is it breast cancer? I have lumps in rt breast

My ca 15-3 test is 29.04& normal in the lab where I did it is <25 & my CEA is 3.03 normal is <3.8.Is it breast cancer? I have lumps in rt breast

Need right tests: These blood test are not helpful at all for early breast cancer or to diagnose breast lumps. An exam by a physician, and possibly a mammogram or ultrasound is the best way to evaluate lumps in the breast. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of CEA test?

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 more

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Should I be concerned with a 5.2 CEA test level?

Should I be concerned with a 5.2 CEA test level?

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 more

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Is it normal to get tested CEA if you are healthy?

No: This isn't a typical blood test absent a diagnosis of colorectal cancer. It's not validated as a cancer screen and so isn't usually ordered in patients without the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to control CEA in non smoker female of 42yrs old because now in her reports her CEA is 29.1 so how bring to a normal level?

Hard to tell.: The CEA is one of our non-specific tumor markers. I would not attribute its elevation solely to smoking. This marker is associated at least with gastrointestinal cancers, and its elevation should be considered in that respect. ...Read more

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What is the cancer marker lab test CEA something?

What is the cancer marker lab test CEA something?

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 more

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Please explain what does a CEA test result of 8.7 mean?

Please explain what does a CEA test result of 8.7 mean?

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

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Is psa or CEA test reliable?

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 more

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Hoping you can tell me, is level of 8 on a CEA blood test highly elevated?

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 more

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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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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?

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

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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

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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?

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

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For a man who had colorectal cancer 3 years ago, what would be a worrisome value on a CEA test?

For a man who had colorectal cancer 3 years ago, what would be a worrisome value on a CEA test?

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 more

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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?

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

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Cea blood test levels low but cat scans show more cancer?

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 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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What could it indicate with my most recent blood tests my mchc was 31.8, platelets were 435 and my CEA was up to a 7.13?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the elevated platelet count and CEA are of concern and you may need additional investigation to address these. Please follow your doctor's advice for care. ...Read more