Realistic CEA Perspective Needed
New to the forum. Hoping I can find someone out there with an opinion.
35yo Male (at time of diagnosis)
Diagnosed 1/16 with T3n1 colo-rectal cancer
6 weeks preoperative chemotherapy
Lower anterior resection 6/16
Resection take down 8/16 🙂 🙂 🙂
Since the surgery, my CEA (1.6 preoperative/ .4 postoperative) has climbed steadily from .4 to 17.6 (current). It measured 14.8 two months ago and 17.6 this month. Planning to see my doctor on Monday. I'm looking for any thoughts/experiences from others to help me prepare for the meeting. After studying different causes for elevated CEA, smoking/infection/etc., none seems to account for how high this number is. It seems that the typical CEA cut-off 10 is very rarely because of these underlying factors.
What I'm really looking for is reality. I would rather know that there is a near certain chance of recurrence, than to avoid statistics or studies that may indicate recurrence. I want to know what my next steps/options are (requesting a PET scan on Monday). I think understanding my current situation, will help me prepare, mentally, for what might be coming.
After all of my reading and searching, I have trouble seeing these CEA results as anything but indicative of recurrence.
Thank you so much for reading, and if you have thoughts and time to reply I would GREATLY appreciate it.