Any experience with CEA tests...

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   Posted 10/1/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I went home to Missouri this past weekend to spend time with my family there.  My brother (the prostate cancer survivor) had applied for some life insurance, and his PSA count was a wonderful 0.0.  However, they did a CEA test, and he scored an 8.9, which is well above normal.  I know the normal range, and I know that a high read can be caused by other things.  He's going thru the GI series and colonoscopy this week...but I was just wondering, if it is cancer, is the number on the CEA indicative of the size of or spread of disease?  I'm just sick about this.  He just remarried last year, the terrific lady who saw him through his prostate cancer ordeals, and now they have this staring at them.
Former MIL passed away while I was in town as well, so that was a blow.  She was always such a support to me, and we have kept in touch throughout the years. 
And BTW, cousin who was diagnosed with BRCA last month was HER2Neu+, so she has agreed to do Herceptin in addition to the radiation.  No other chemo, though.  Keep her in your prayers...and my big bro, too.
Love and hugs...
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz

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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry to hear about all of this.  I will keep your brother and cousin in my thoughts.
L & H,

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