A small rise in CEA is sensitive for recurrence after surgery for colorectal cancer.

@article{Irvine2007ASR,
  title={A small rise in CEA is sensitive for recurrence after surgery for colorectal cancer.},
  author={Tracey Irvine and Martin T Scott and Celia Ingham Clark},
  journal={Colorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland},
  year={2007},
  volume={9 6},
  pages={527-31}
}
OBJECTIVE Rise in carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) above normal limits can indicate recurrent colorectal cancer. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a small rise in CEA, even within normal limits was a sensitive indicator of recurrence. METHOD 150 patients aged 22-87 years were followed up for a mean of 27 months after colorectal surgery with CEA 3 and 6 monthly computerized tomography. We analysed whether a rise in CEA > 1 ng/ml correlated with recurrence of metastases. RESULTS… CONTINUE READING

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