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High CEA levels, less bowel movement - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi my dad had his CEA level taken and the level is around 210 ng/ml. Will this level indicate something?
Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   what other symptoms does he have?
User :   he usually likes to sleep all day
User :   and he mentioned that the amount of bowel is minimum
User :   his bowel is minimum
Doctor :   CEA levels are usually measured to see if the person is suffering for5m cancer
User :   yup
Doctor :   and the levels are usually checked before and after surgery
User :   but it is abnormally high
User :   210
User :   when the normal level based on labs is around 5 for non smokers and 10 for smokers
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   and levels >20 ng/ml before therapy or surgery are associated with cancer
Doctor :   so he should be worked up now to see if any cancerous growth is there
Doctor :   has he lost weight recently?
Doctor :   how is his appetite?
User :   lost weight
User :   but his appetite is really good
User :   he eats a lot recently but
User :   he is not gaining weight
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