Tuesday, February 10, 2009

CEA count is going down

When you have colon cancer,the tumor marker they judge the growth on is called the CEA. Rick's numbers have been all over the board. When he was first diagnosed, his numbers were 59.8. Normal is between 0-2. During his first year of treatment they were able to keep his numbers within that "normal range". Then as his body started to change and the cancer began to spread his numbers started rising...rapidly. Just about a month ago his CEA was nearly 140. Today they were down to 26.4 Once they have given Rick a new CT scan we will be reassured that the Erbitux is doing what it was expected to do. We are so blessed that Rick had the right DNA to even be able to take this drug.

I hooked up my new humidifier last night and I already felt a change this morning. It could just be wishful thinking, but I think I'm on the road to less coughing....

Be careful on the roads over the next few days. It's icy and snowy and dangerous.

Dreaming happy and BIG....


CFCina said...

Great news on his CEA count going down! Continuing to send lots of virtual hugs and happy thoughts your direction!
~ Kathy C (Relay friend in Oregon)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the good news! Great on Rick's news - AND that you are feeling better! All that wishful AND positive thinking helps!
Finally... we appreciate your 'be careful' words for all of us.... it's SO like you!
Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Great news! Don't forget to clean out your humidifier once every few days...it really does need it. Trust me :)

Anonymous said...

Use distilled water, it will help keep your unit from getting hard water build up.

Prayers to you and your family.