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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My doc nurse called and said my cea2 is elevated to 5-1. They said they like it to be 3. Does this mean the cancer is back? I had 8 in. of colon removed three years ago and they said it was like i never had it . It hadnt got out of the colon. Thank you
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Doctor :   If the CEA level begin to rise above 6.0 ng/ml then ONLY is a high correlation of recurrence of the cancer
Doctor :   BUT its not a hard and fast marker
Doctor :   as there are many other conditions that can cause teh increase in CEA
Doctor :   like
Doctor :   diverticulitis
Doctor :   pancreatitis
Doctor :   and peptic ulcer disease
Doctor :   even smoking can cause an elecation
Doctor :   may i know your age please ?
User :   i havenever smoked . Im 63 and half
User :   Ive always been healthy until this colon thing . Im so scared !!
Doctor :   so the right approach is that we will first rule out these causes and ONLY THEN one must look for recurrence of the cancer
User :   ok i go to my gastrologist monday. I thank you so much !
Doctor :   Colon cancer is a curable cancer if found early
User :   that is what they told me but to be having trouble again im scared as i know it will kill you if it gets out of the colon
Doctor :   So dont worry in case of CEA rise as first all the said cause will be ruled out
User :   I have my yearly colonoscopy done every year . I had one two years prior to them finding the cancer
Doctor :   so it ABSOLUTELY does not mean it has come back
User :   Ok I thank you so much that helps relieve me alittle. THankyou so much !
Doctor :   Your most welcome
Doctor :   take care of your self
User :   I will try you are a lovely person!
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