06/05/2014 Update

Monitoring for cancer…

As you all may know, I’ve been in a remission since my last surgery on February 7. What that means is that there has been no evidence of cancer since this date.

What the doctor has done is monitor CEA levels monthly and perform scans every three months. I had a stretch of CEA results “under 1.0” and one set of scans with no evidence of disease.

I went in for the monthly CEA test today. And I was hoping to add one more “under 1.0” result to the list. Unfortunately the test came back as 2.0. While 2.0 is well within the normal range (0 to 3) it is actually the rising levels that is most concerning. The only thing to do for now is wait until next month and test the CEA once again. If the CEA rises a second time we will begin to do more aggressive scanning to see if there is evidence of cancer activity. A CEA lower than 2.0 is the result we are praying for.

My next CEA test is scheduled for July 7.

Your continued prayers for a sustained remission are appreciated.

Blessings to you all on this beautiful summer day.



5 Comments on “06/05/2014 Update”

  1. Lisa says:

    Prayers continue. Sorry that you didn’t get the desired result, I know how nerve wracking that can be. Wishing you a month of peace while you wait for the next test.

  2. Stellakitt2@aol.com says:

    Marathon man…..you are strong, spiritual, and able to fight this with the help from up above. Prayers for you and with you always!!! Keep the faith my dear friend! May God continue to bestow his blessings on you one day at a time. xoxoxo

  3. Linda says:

    Thanks for sharing, Phil. I’m praying for good results to continue! You have done so well, we have much to be thankful for. God is certainly good!! Take care and enjoy your summer!!

  4. Krea Gregory says:

    Phil: Thanks for the update! Will pray with you and know that God will work in your life.

  5. Sharon Tubay says:

    Phil, I have been following you for a while now. Hills and valleys, for sure. You are a warrior who lives each day to the fullest. I continue to pray for you. Stay strong and trust.

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