I am close to 11 months post ivor lewis. After my surgery my CEA was 2.5. It has gradually crept up and recently from April to June, it has moved up from 5 to 9 to 17 to 22 to 24.
My pet scan shows that my lymph node is lighted up. In December, a biosi was done and it was determined that the lymph node was cancer free.(Benign). An Fine Needle Aspiration was done.
My oncologist requested for another FNA to be done, in June 3 weeks ago but the surgeon didnt wasn't to do it as it was high risk and very close to the AORTA. (big vein that's close to the heart). The surgeon looked at the lymph node and said that there are no changes and it looks normal.
I did a Pet scan today and it seems to be the same as my last pet scan. (Still lit up Lymph node)
What should i do? Assuming that the lymph node is normal, what should i do? Is it common practice to administer chemo for markers that are going up?
I dont want to do chemo again.