Phil is now 7 weeks post-op and he received his CEA* results yesterday:
("normal" is anything below 3 for a non-smoker)
We are so grateful for this fabulous news. So many of our friends and family have been so prayerful for Phil. Our nieces and nephews have been especially diligent and fervent in their prayers. One nephew has prayed in each prayer that (1) Phil would not have cancer anymore, (2) Phil will get better, and (3) any future surgeries Phil may have to have will go well (he is 4).
We will meet with Phil's oncologist a week from tomorrow and will make some decisions about possible follow-up chemotherapy.
The Keslers are HAPPY, happy people!
*The carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) test measures the amount of a protein that may appear in the blood of some people who have certain kinds of cancers, especially large intestine (colon and rectal) cancer. It is one of the indicators used to follow up with cancer patients. This and the fact that Phil's PET and CT scans look good, combine for very good news.
Phil's CEA has been as high as around 200 and was at 77 the last time it was taken (Feb.)