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Can doctors do blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

Can doctors do blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

No one gene: A number of genetic anomalies increase the risk of ovarian cancer but there is not a single or even a set of tests, that would be useful in isolation. You may wish to discuss your family history with your doctor to see if a genetic test is warranted. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Why won't insurance cover blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

Why won't insurance cover blood tests to see if you carry the ovarian cancer gene?

Do You Qualify?: Many insurances (including medicare) will cover the expense for brca testing, provided that a person has a 10% chance, or greater, of having the mutation. A risk estimate can be calculated by your age, personal history of cancer, and age and type of cancer in first-degree relatives. A risk calculator can be found on the website for the company that performs this blood test, myriad genetics. ...Read more

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My wife has very high estrogen level she did have ovarian cancer which was removed she had blood tests the other day and her estrogen level were 2000?

My wife has very high estrogen level she did have ovarian cancer which was removed she had blood tests the other day and her estrogen level were 2000?

Talk with your doc: As a gynecologic oncologist, i don't usually follow estrogen as a marker for ovarian cancer. There are a few rare exceptions (granulosa cell tumors). Estrogen is also made in fat cells. You and your wife should have a conversation with her doctor about why they are sending estrogen levels at all. Aromatase inhibitors are a group of drugs that prevent estrogen production and can be used to treat. ...Read more

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Why wouldnt I pay a few thousand usd to see if I carry the breast or ovarian cancer gene?

Why wouldnt I pay a few thousand usd to see if I carry the breast or ovarian cancer gene?

Family history: I have to assume you are talking about brac1 and 2 testing. Without a family history of breast or ovarian cancer your chance of having a mutation would be pretty low. With a family history, most insurance would cover at least part of the cost of the testing. Myriad, the lab which does the testing, would do an analysis for you to determine your out of pocket costs prior to running the test. ...Read more

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I have a 2.8cm ovarian cyst. I have the brca1 mutated gene. My ca125 blood test came back normal. Could it still be early stage of ovarian cancer?

I have a 2.8cm ovarian cyst. I have the brca1 mutated gene. My ca125 blood test came back normal.  Could it still be early stage of ovarian cancer?

Rare: Ovarian cysts are of concern when over 5 cm. If the small cyst is not complex it is usually followed by ultrasound. Ca 125 has no diagnostic implication but is only of value for monitoring. Brca1 suggests the cyts should be followed. ...Read more

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What do doctors look for in an ovarian cancer blood test?

CA-125,OVA1BRCA1&2: The test are not for screening patients but for risk indicators ca-125 ova1 brca1 brca2 ova1s used for early prediction of ovarian cancer.It is helpful in predicting if ovarian tumor is malignant before starting any treatment. ...Read more

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Can u still have endometriosis or ovarian cancer w/ a clear transvaginal ultrasound? My doc says my ovaries are normal and my tiny cyst is gone. I have tons of pelvic pain & my mom has the brca2 gene.

Can u still have endometriosis or ovarian cancer w/ a clear transvaginal ultrasound? My doc says my ovaries are normal and my tiny cyst is gone. I have tons of pelvic pain & my mom has the brca2 gene.

Yes and No: Yes: you could definitely have endometriosis with a clear ultrasound, but would not likely have an endometrioma of the ovary no: it would be pretty unlikely to have ovarian cancer with a clear ultrasound and even if you did have extremely early undetectable cancer, it would not cause pain. ...Read more

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Is there any screening test that my doctor can order to check if I have ovarian cancer and catch it early?

Is there any screening test that my doctor can order to check if I have ovarian cancer and catch it early?

A good test? No: Unfortunately, there is not good early screening test for ovarian cancer. If u happen to have a strong family history of the disease, it might be worthwhile to do a genetic test. 1 ovary test ca-125, is good for following a know ovarian cancer, but as a screening test, it doesn't pan out as a good test. A pelvic exam, and an ultrasound can be done also, but they are not good at early detection. ...Read more

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Why is the ca-125 blood test to check for ovarian cancer not part of a woman's checkup?

Why is the ca-125 blood test to check for ovarian cancer not part of a woman's checkup?

Not useful: It is neither sensitive nor specific for ovarian cancer and is not useful as a screening test. If elevated at diagnosis of ovarian cancer, it is useful in following the progress of tumor and response to treatment. ...Read more

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Can they detect ovarian cancer through a blood test?

Can they detect ovarian cancer through a blood test?

Backward: There is no screening test for ovca. However, if you have ovarian cancer, a ca-125 level may or may not be elevated. If it is, it may be one thing monitired for response. Getting ca-125, an expensive blood test of unproven value before knowing you have the cancer is inded backward, costly, non-specific and can led to unnecessary worry. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

It is a cancer which arises from the ovary. This cancer is typically silent, producing little or no symptoms till it spreads, first into the pelvic area and later into the peritoneal cavity leading to fluid accumulation(ascites) which is often the first symptom. Despite its late presentation, there is a reasonable treatment for it, with some long term survivors even ...Read more