I am so worried. Can you all share with me what your CEA counts are? Mine is 4.8 and I'm a non smoker. I get a CT scan on Jan 3 and find the results on Jan 10. The wait is miserable. I have been trying to contact boards and asking if anyone will share with me their CEAs. I know everyone is different, but I have an average of about 2.8 to 3.0 this past year. Waiting is terrrible.
I have never dealt with anything like that, but glad you are going for a second opinion. It looks like something could be done for her. I dont know where you live, but if you could go to Mayo Clinic, Cancer Centers of America or John's Hopkins Hospital, that would be good..... even Tijuana Mexico (Biomedical Center). Let us know how things turn out.
Do you know your Mom's CEA count? Mine is up and Im really worried about it.
My CEA was done on Nov. 15th and it is up to 4.8. It has never been this high before. I do not smoke, never did. It has been as high as 3.5, 3.9, and 4.3. Then it will go down to 2.8, 2.6, etc. I am scheduled to get a CT scan in January. My oncologist wants me to have a colonoscopy too.
I guess my question is: Have any of you had your CEA to fluctuate back and forth like mine?
My oncologist said he had someone with a CEA of 10, and that person did not have cancer. I'm on anti-anxiety medication right now because it is really getting to me the closer I get to my CT scan date.
Any comments will be appreciated. Thanks, BAMc.View Thread
Yes, people younger than 50 can get colon cancer. If her doctor suggested a colonoscopy, I would advise her to have it done. It is probably embarrassing to a 25 year old, but something could be wrong and needs to be checked out.View Thread
I understand how unsettling it is to be facing colon surgery, but the good news it, that it doesn't look like cancer. I had 15 inches removed in 2006, and now I have something showing up on a CT scan that is 19mm. Have not seen the oncologist yet to get her view on what should be done. Anyway, getting back to surgery. It will probably be done laproscopically. Healing time is quick, and if it is not cancer, he will not have to have chemo. Think positive and try to keep his spirits up. Prayer always helps. Blessings, BarbaraView Thread
My advice is to find a specialist. Look in the yellow pages for a colon-rectal specialist. Ask if you can arrange for a payment plan. This condition is not going to go away by itself. Meanwhile, sit in some warm water and use Nupercainal Ointment. That is what my colon-rectal doctor recommends for anal problems. Hope this helps some.View Thread
I don't know what this is, but I would go to the doctor right away since these bumps are increasing and because of the pain involved. Look in the yellow pages and find a specialist in rectal/colon problems. Ask if you can be put on a payment plan. I don't see the problem going away by itself. However, soaking in warm water should bring some relief. Also Nupercainal is a good ointment to use for rectal problems. My doc recommends it. Helps to relieve pain. Good luck to you & God Bless.View Thread
There is an alternative cancer clinic in Tijuana Mexico called the Biomedical Center. They give herbs and recommend an all natural diet. I've told a lot of people about it, but not many people are willing to go on the diet. When there is no hope left, what does one have to lose by trying something different? Just my thoughts......View Thread
When I had my surgery 18 lymph nodes were removed. The surgeon took all that were on the right side of my abdomen. Seven out of 18 tested positive. A friend of mine had colon cancer later and had 13 taken out and 4 of his were positive. I was told that not all people have the same amount of lymph nodes. I hope others will respond because I would like to hear more on the subject. Will you have to have chemo?View Thread