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What can it mean it CEA is 10 while on irinotecan ?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Possible disease

CEA is a marker for monitoring the presence of active malignancy.
It cant be used for diagnosis which refers to the potential existence of cancer which has not yet been defined. As a monitoring marker progressive increase in the level at present, that is 10, means failure to respond to treatment. Should levels drop, it means the patient is responding. A single level of 10 cant be interpreted.

In brief: Possible disease

CEA is a marker for monitoring the presence of active malignancy.
It cant be used for diagnosis which refers to the potential existence of cancer which has not yet been defined. As a monitoring marker progressive increase in the level at present, that is 10, means failure to respond to treatment. Should levels drop, it means the patient is responding. A single level of 10 cant be interpreted.
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