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Cancer Antigen Ca 125
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
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
Neither: If you had an elevated ca-125 prior to surgery for ovarian cancer and the level is down to a normal person's, then we can hope you have a cure, and should the level rise again it will be early warning. By itself, a normal ca-125 rules out nothing. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health. Good luck. ...Read more
Not necessarily.: The ca125 tumor marker is a notoriously non-specific indicator of disease (i.e. It can be elevated for reasons other than cancer). It is frequently most useful for tracking the progression or regression of a disease over time and less useful as a standalone diagnostic test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Basic lab medicine: A small amount of the substance, which is coded by the normal genome, is ordinarily present in the bloodstream. Immunoassays also detect antigens similar to ca125 as weak signals, and a cutoff is established below which a reading is not suspicious for cancer. These facts have a lot to do with why these markers aren't all that helpful in searching for cancers in folks without any signs. ...Read more
Save your $$: This blood test is useful only in certain situations and is not accurate if you are trying to make a new cancer diagnosis. It can be high even if you don't have cancer, and it can be normal in some situations when you do have cancer. My advice is to save your money, and visit your doctor if you have a specific concern. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not long ago found out that many times blood test called 'ca125" can tell if you have cancer.is it true?
No: Ca 125 is a tumor marker which is frequently associated with ovarian cancer. The " Ca" refers to carbohydrate antigen which has little to do with cancer except when it is known that ovarian cancer is present. At that time the test can be used, for "monitoring" the response to treatment, but not for making the diagnosis. One of the frequent causes of an elevated Ca125 is alcoholic cirrhosis. ...Read more
I had a ca 125 test done. Came back at 66 (no history of cancer). Ultrasound normal. Dr. Says no further evaluation needed. Is this true? I am 45
I had a ca 125 test done(no previous history of cancer)that came back as a 66. Ultrasound came back normal. Dr. Said no further evaluation is needed. True?
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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