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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?

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 more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Ca125 (Definition)

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


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Ca125 level is a marker for which tumor?

Ca125 level is a marker for which tumor?

Ovarian: It is neither sensitive nor specific for screening. However, its recurrence after removal of a tumor that produces it suggests recurrence. ...Read more

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How accurate is a CA-125 tumor marker blood test for cancer? Thanks for your time

Ca125: Good question. The test is helpful in relation to a woman who has a adnexal mass noted on exam and ultrasound. The test has not been helpful for general screenig. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause an elevated CA125 reading?

Unknown: At this point in time there is a lot of discussion about this topic and many who feel there may be some association but there has been no known proof of an association of Lyme disease and an elevated CA 125. This is still being researched and nothing that can say a definite cause and affect. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Where does ca125 originate?

In the peritoneal li: It arises from the irritation or growth of peritoneal lining cells. These cells also cover the ovaries. So ca 125 is often used as a test to screening for ovarian cancer. But it often raised in any conditions causing intra -abdominal irritation like in peritonitis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ca125?

CA125 Definition: 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 et al. In 1983. ...Read more

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How concerned should I be if my ca125 level was not ordered this year?

How concerned should I be if my ca125 level was not ordered this year?

None to minimal: If the ca-125 was going to be used simply as another blood test for example in a yearly physical, you should not be terribly concerned at all. My answer is different however, if you have a history of a disease such as ovarian cancer and that it should be checked. I also might order it if you have a strong family history of ovarian cancer for example. If not you should not be concerned. ...Read more

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What is the ca-125 test?

CA-125: Cancer antigen 125 (ca-125) is a protein found on the surface of many ovarian cancer cells. It also can be found in other cancers and in small amounts in normal tissue. A ca-125 test measures the amount of this protein in the blood and can be used as a tumor marker. ...Read more

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What causes my ca 125 to go up?

Many causes: It is commonly elevated in ovarian cancer. But it can go up from any reason which causes irritation of the peritoneal lining of your abdomen which includes some benign conditions too. It depends on the level and also if it is going up steadily or staying elevated but stable and not increasing. Your gynecologist can help you to sort it out. ...Read more

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What does ca 125 level 600 mean?

High: It's quite elevated, why was it done? Your doc needs to discuss this results with you in the context in which it was ordered. ...Read more

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What is the significance of ca-125?

Ovarian Cancer: It is a tumor marker for ovarian, endometrium, fallopian tube, lung, breast and gastrointestinal tract cancers. It is commonly used to follow ovarian cancer in response to therapeutic treatments and can be positive in nearly 80% of cases. It is not specific to cancer, however, and can be elevated in benign abdominal problems too such as endometriosis. ...Read more

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Is 80.04 result of my ca 125 can be cured?

Cannot tell: More information is needed to recommend possibility of cure. Please re-ask the question with what diagnosis included and any previous treatment. ...Read more

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How often should one have the ca 125 test done?

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

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I'm concerned about high ca 125? What should I do?

Incomplete info: Why did you have the test done? All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. Ca 125 is not a good test to diagnose a primary illness. ...Read more

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Ca 125 was 0 50 4 months before and now it is 5 6 is it a danger ?

Need more info: A rising ca125 in a patient with a prior history of ovarian cancer is concerning and work up with ct scans etc is required. In patients with no cancer history this is not a useful test. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my ca-125 test came back at 132. I'm scared?

Need for: investigation. An elevated CA 125 does not necessarily mean cancer. All is suggests is that further investigation is needed. Consult this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007217.htm ...Read more

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Is a ca 125 level of 18 normal for a 38 year old female? Range is <36.

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

Marker (Definition)

A "marker" is a protein or enzyme that can represent a disease process. Some markers are specific for a particular disease, while ...Read more