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CEA was posted 04/29/2015 11:35 am by Anonymous
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Most posting on this site have PC or care for folks with PC. Most of us with PC follow the marker CA19-9. Usually, CA19-9 increases with PC, but not always. If you have a cancer that doesn't cause CA19-9, some doctors call these cancers 'non-reactive'. In those cases, sometimes you follow the marker CEA instead. CEA is usually elevated with PC, but it is also elevated with literally dozens of different diseases/conditions and is sometimes elevated in normal people. So CEA is often not a useful marker to follow. It is most useful when you already know you have PC and the CEA is elevated, and it seems to go up and down with the size of your tumor. Then you can follow it during treatment/between scans.

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