Cea is rising as soon as started irinotecan for colon cancer. Primary already removed in march. Then found a liver met and node. Cea now 10.?

Disease progression. This does not necessarily mean that the chemotherapy is not working. You do need to be aware of the long-term outcome. My hope is that the patient will still get several more good years. If this is you, then you have a right to know the likely effects of whatever treatments you are offered.

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How effective is irinotecan alone for colon cancer when primary removed but there occured a liver met and a node?

Your Oncologist. And ONLY your oncologist ..should answer this question since PERCENTAGES are not PEOPLE! Good Luck Hope this helps! Dr Z. Read more...
Modestly active. Irinotecan is one of 3 chemotherapy drugs used for treating Cancer. They work better when used as a couplet or triplet, often with added biologic agent called Avastin (bevacizumab) and sometimes adding Cetuximab. Read more...

If there is a liver met and 1 aortocaval node in a colon cancer pt, approx how many yrs is survival? Primary is removed n on irinotecan at present.

See liver specialist. Aortocaval LN involvement in colorectal cancer is unusual and should be confirmed by PET scan or biopsy before being labelled as a metastatic LN. If the liver metastasis can be resected, it should be resected. Adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy may improve long-term survival. Median survival for untreated Stage IV colorectal cancer is about 18 months. See a liver surgeon specialist. 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...