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How Often Should One Have Ca 125 Tests
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
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
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
27 y.o with hypoechoic cystic lesions on both ovaries. One 8.4cm another 4cm. CA-125 was 190 then 110 on a second test. GYN wants to do lap surgery. Gyn/Onc wants to do laparotomy. Both suspect endometiomas and endometriosis. Which should I choose?
Depends: I am not a surgeon maybe I can help. The key issues are the surgeons level of confidence. These being equal, laparoscopic surgery is better due to less trauma to the abdomen. You can check to see if the surgeons post their statistics online for their complication rates. I found these for surgery that I needed. lastly, 8.4 cm is big. it may be hard to do through a scope. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CA-125: This marker is elevated significantly at this value. It's greatest specificity for ovarian cancer is in post-menopausal women, but a variety of things that irritate the lining of the abdomen and even chest, can elevate it mildly. So things like appendicitis, endometriosis, and even diverticulosis can also result in high levels. But, getting checked out for what is behind this is a good idea. ...Read more
Yes and No: Ca-125 is a test for follow-up after diagnosis and with the treatment of ovarian cancer. It is elevated in many other diseases.The test should not be used for a fishing expedition because it would be misleading and concerning for a patient like you. Why was the test done in the first place? Do you have cancer? In any case a 25 level could be normal? What was the normal range.In the lab? ...Read more
No concern: Cysts of the ovary are common. If they are not complex but greater than 5cm, . Removal suggested under 5 cm can be watched. Ca 125 isa carbohydrate marker noted in tumors and inflammatory conditions. Since it is elevated in inflammatory pelvic disease it has no importance in benign disease. And can only be used for monitoring. ...Read more
Not a lot: This test can be elevated for several reasons: heart failure, ovarian cancer, and multiple other causes. Without a diagnosis of ovarian cancer all it means is there are a lot of questions. This test should not be ordered without a diagnosis or a very high suspicion of ovarian cancer. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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