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Accuracy Of Ca 125 Screening
Hi, I'm 48 yo, have endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, pre-menopausal. CA 125 was around 200's then 159 the last one was 210 any concerns?
Likely, no: CA 125 is not recommended as a screening tool for ovarian cancer when used in risk-based stratification. Meaning, assuming that your mom or sister didn't get diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Normal for women with endometriosis to have elevated CA-125. It sounds like your doctor has done Ultrasound to evaluate ovaries as well. Your MD knows your history and risk, likely this CA-125 level is normal ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ca125 is also known as Cancer antigen 125. Ca-125 (cancer antigen 125 or carbohydrate antigen 125) is a biomarker/tumor marker for ovarian cancer (etc); however, it is not sensitive or specific enough to use as a screening test. Also, a uk study showed that treating based on ca125 level did not improve outcomes. "125" comes from the 125th attempt to develop a marker. It was introduced by bast ...Read more
I recently scored a 46 on a ca 125 screening and am afraid that i may have cancer. Is that a 'normal' range for someone with endodemetriosis?
Hwbc & lrbc were detected. Can i ask my doctor for a cancer screening like a ca125? I'm h risk, the youngest person to have cancer in my fam age 30.
Forgive my frankness: Hwbc and lrbc are not standard medical abbreviations. In the era of lmao and bff, you need to clarify. If you mean low red blood cells, you have an anemia and need to have the reason found rather than go on a cancer chase. Ca-125 is a bad screen if your pelvic exam is normal -- do you want unnecessary surgery? Instead, consider a brca1 / brca2 check, perhaps p53 / other gene screens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ca 125: The "normal" ca125 was established for post-menopausal women at <35 (any value 0-35). Most premenopausal women will also have values in this range but not always since there are many benign reasons it can fluctuate. Some "healthy" women of all ages will have a level above 35! this is one of the reasons it is not effective as a screening test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Ca 125 is not a good screening test. See this site for more info. http://www.medicinenet.com/ca_125/article.htm. ...Read more
Screening? No: Ca 125 is not a screening test. It can be elevated for reasons other than cancer. It should be used for follow up of certain cancers ie ovarian cancer. Even then, it is done periodically as part of surveillance strategy. Also used to help the clinician decide if a patient who is on chemotherapy is responding or not & some oncologists obtain them per 'cycle' of chemotherapy i.e. Every 3-4 wks. ...Read more
CA-125: This marker is quite non-specific for cancer, particularly in pre-menopausal women. Any things that irritate the lining of the abdomen (such as cysts, endometriosis, and non-ovarian things as well) can prompt elevations in the range you have noted. Other means of screening for cancer however are also imperfect. If you are at high risk, other follow-up may be needed. ...Read more
I went to take a ca-125 blood test and the doctors office said it was normal that I had a 8.6, is that actually normal?
CA 125 - Why check?: 8.6 sounds like a normal value for the cancer antigen 125 (ca125) laboratory test. However, why did you want to get it? It is not a screening test for ovarian cancer. It is an adjunctive test for measuring tumor response (ie, a tumor marker) for patients with known ovarian cancer. It isn't perfect even when we know someone has ovarian cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more
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