Bowel Cancer - is CEA test + colonoscopies enough follow up?

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Bowel Cancer - is CEA test + colonoscopies enough follow up?

by skellett on Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:32 PM

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Friend had right hemicolectomy for bowel cancer (Dukes B) 2 years ago. Cancer is back in lungs and liver. Only follow up post op to surgery 2 years ago was surgeon (no oncologist), who ordered 6/12 CEA tests and yearly colonoscopies? I just don't feel this is good enough follow up. She is 64 yrs old. Now going to have chemo for 3/12, then maybe resection of liver followed by chemo. What would routine follow up be elsewhere? Regional Australia is home. No local oncologist in town for private patients, but there is one for public (free) patients.

RE: Bowel Cancer - is CEA test + colonoscopies enough follow up?

by ajp1228 on Thu Nov 07, 2013 03:18 AM

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My mother was diagnosed 2 years ago, spent all of last year going through chemo and 2 surgeries (surgery to remove the cancer and a temporary illeostomy; then 4 months later more surgery to referse the illeostomy).  About a year ago, she had follow-up CT scans.  In March of this year she had a colonoscopy; it was clear, so he said she wouldn't need to come back for 3 years.  However, her CT scan showed something suspicious in her lungs, so they have been repeating the CT scans about every 3 months.  Something is growing slowly in her lungs, multiple lesions were found, but until it gets a certain size there's not a lot more they can do to figure out what it is.  There's a chance it's something else and not cancer, so we are expecting the best and enjoying the good health she has been having this year.

If her scans last year had all been negative, I don't know what the follow up process would have been.  I'm guessing a CT every year for the next 5 years, or perhaps every 6 months for at least a year or so, but I don't know for sure.  Your friend might ask about CT scans.  But if they already found that it's in the lungs and liver, they must have done some kind of scan to have found it.

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