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Fri, Jan 25 1:40pm · CEA levels in Colorectal Cancer

Well my mom had colon cancer. It was only in her liver at the time of diagnosis. Her cea at the tine was 41. Her oncologist didn't repeat her cea for two months after that but then it was 17. We didn't want to happy only on cea report but her pet scan was also negative n lesions were disappearing.

Her cea started to rise gradually. We asked around alot n everyone was of the opinion that cea is not a good marker of cancer progression or mets etc. But that was not right in my mom's case. The doctors missed two new lesions that had formed one time. The second time, they let her have surgery saying there's nothing new on the scan to worry about cea and it turned out to be peritoneal metastasis.

I have personally stopped trusting doctors about these things but i do trust my friends who have themselves or one of their family members have been through this. What I've seen is that cea as a cancer marker is not reliable in everyone. But you should look at its trends throughout your cancer journey. If it has always elevated in reponse to disease progression and decreased with treatment then its a good marker for you and can be of alot of help.

Jan 10, 2017 · IV Colorectal Cancer Patients - Questions from a caregiver in Caregivers

@IndianaScott yeah i totally get that…one of my mom’s friends had cancer, got cured then had a recurrence but is cancer free now…she is out of the country at the moment so im hoping once she is back my mom can talk to her….till then we are trying to be as helpful as possible but everytime we visit the oncologist, we get to hear another bad news

Jan 9, 2017 · IV Colorectal Cancer Patients - Questions from a caregiver in Caregivers

Hello, my mom was diagnosed with stage 3c colon cancer last month and had a resection with ileostomy…the doctor said that adjuvant chemo will be given but before that we did another chest and abdomen scan that shows 4 hypodense lesions in the liver…she has had her first cycle of chemo and came home yesterday.. She hasn’t been sleeping very well…she is a very strong woman and even now when she is going through the toughest time in her life she acts strong infront of me and my sisters because she is an only parent and does not want us to get worried but what i am worried about is her…i want her to talk to someone, to cry and disscuss what she is feeling..what else can i do for her??

Jan 9, 2017 · Stomach like a beer belly after colon cancer surgery in Colorectal Cancer

Hello, ive just joined mayo clinic connect…my mom was diagnosed with stage 3c colon cancer last month and had a resection with ileostomy…the doctor said that adjuvant chemo will be given but before that we did another chest and abdomen scan that shows 4 hypodense lesions in the liver…so the chemo regimen started includes avastin, oxaliplatin and 5FU…i just want to know if we should do a pet scan as well or any other tests that should be done?