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

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Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Dr. Sabha Ganai
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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Gospel truth. It is easy to get fixated on a "number" but this number has to be taken in context.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Did or do you...

...Have cancer? Cea is used to monitor response to therapy in patients with active cancer (mostly colon but also lung or breast).
It does not go up in all cancer patients, it can go up in patients without cancer, levels are not comparable between patients, and it is certainly not a screening test. It is to be used in the right context by your doc. All that being said, 0.5 is "normal".

In brief: Did or do you...

...Have cancer? Cea is used to monitor response to therapy in patients with active cancer (mostly colon but also lung or breast).
It does not go up in all cancer patients, it can go up in patients without cancer, levels are not comparable between patients, and it is certainly not a screening test. It is to be used in the right context by your doc. All that being said, 0.5 is "normal".
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: The value is

Normal. There is no reason to get a cea - - it is not a screening test.
High levels are seen in some cancers, and they may monitor treatment, more for failure than success. This is a good example of how we squander medical resources.

In brief: The value is

Normal. There is no reason to get a cea - - it is not a screening test.
High levels are seen in some cancers, and they may monitor treatment, more for failure than success. This is a good example of how we squander medical resources.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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