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Why does cea initially rise during chemotherapy treatment

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Why does cea initially rise during chemotherapy treatment after how many rounds
Should
It start falling ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.
Hi there.
Thank you for your question.
I will be helping you out with your queries.
In the first few weeks of chemotherapy CEA can rise and this actually indicates that you are responding to chemotherapy.
Here are two links to support what I am saying:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18855156
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15360055
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Ok thx .so after round 1 it jumped to 80 and was 65 before chemo .if after round 2 it goes to 55, would you count the drop from the original 65 or the 80?

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.
Yes I would count that as a drop and that you are responding to chemotherapy.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

So what can responding actually mean ? What will happen to the metastses ? He has liver mets and 4 peritoneal mets which are 2mm

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.
The mets may shrink.
Liver and peritoneal mets also may shrink as well.
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