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Can you tell me how accurate "ca 19.9" blood test is for detecting cancer?

Can you tell me how accurate "ca 19.9" blood test is for detecting cancer?

Not good: Ca 19.9 can be useful to determine if a cancer is of pancreatic or biliary origin and most often is used to monitor response to therapy. It is not a screening test as it can go up in non malignant conditions and does not go up in all cancers. It is not meant to be drawn to "see if there's cancer". Best yo you. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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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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How to interpret blood test dc report ! please doctors help. is it cancer?

How to interpret blood test dc report ! please doctors help. is it cancer?

Don't DIY : Any and all medical tests should be interpreted in the context in which they were ordered and the ordering doc knows it best. Please have a talk with him/her and make sure your questions are answered. It is your right as patient. Best to you. ...Read more

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How to interpret my urinalysis?

How to interpret my urinalysis?

Leave it to Lab: Laboratory technical personnel undergo extensive training to interpret results of lab tests and you should leave the task to these professionals. ...Read more

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How to know pregnant without test at doctor?

How to know pregnant without test at doctor?

Just do HPT: If you have been sexually active and have missed your period then you can go ahead and take a home pregnancy test (HPT) now. If negative and still no period would repeat HPT in a week. Take care. ...Read more

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I did the ca125 test. How accurately does it show cancer?

I did the ca125 test.  How accurately does it show cancer?

Not a diagnostic: Marker for cancer. Ca 125 is not a good test for making a diagnois of cancer. It is more useful for monitoring the course of a cancer associated with elevated ca 125 levels. ...Read more

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How do I interpret echo-cardiogram results?

How do I interpret echo-cardiogram results?

You shouldn't: To understand what echocardiographic results mean to an individual patient requires the participation of a physician who understands echocardiography and who also knows the patient. ...Read more

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How to interpret my blood test dc report?

How to interpret my blood test dc report?

Your own doctor: You have an absolute right to a full explanation from your care provider. Nobody here can do more than help with some minor detail. Be assertive and you will get the answers you need from someone who knows you. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. After usg, my doctor asked me to test ca 125. I have 58. What does it mean?

Tumor marker: Research is ongoing to try to achieve earlier detection for ovarian cancer. CA125 is most commonly elevated with advanced stage ovarian cancer, but there can be false elevations as well. Please ask your doctor what it means in your case, but most times blood work needs to be correlated with imaging studies or the physical exam. ...Read more

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How will i know what does an inconclusive blood test mean?

How will i know what does an inconclusive blood test mean?

What it says: "inconclusive" means that the test, whatever it was for, didn't show a definite positive result for a particular abnormality but didn't definitely rule it out either. A better answer depends on knowing what the test was for; for example, an HIV test can be clearly positive (you have been exposed to the virus), clearly negative (no evidence of exposure) or be equivocal and need more tests. ...Read more

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I want to test myself for HGH deficiency, can u tell me what exactly to test with a blood test.Can i pay a doctor here to tell me everything regardingh?

I want to test myself for HGH deficiency, can u tell me what exactly to test with a blood test.Can i pay a doctor here to tell me everything regardingh?

Human Growth Hormone: I honestly do not believe there is such a test that you can just order and get a definitive result. Especially now that you are an adult and past the growing years. ...Read more

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How to interpret my cta reading?

How to interpret my cta reading?

Ask your doctor : to help you understand the report. I can also try to help you make sense of it if you have specific questions. ...Read more

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What test would you do to diagnosis vipoma? 1 high VIP & chromogranin, hypok be enough to confirm ? How long does diagnosis take?

VIPoma: This is complicated. You may not have the satisfaction of "a diagnosis" until your doctors have found a tumor, removed it and the symptoms have resolved. As I mentioned to you before, you should be seeing someone who specializes in these kinds of tumors. Good luck. ...Read more

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What test do doctors do to diagnose leukemia?

What test do doctors do to diagnose leukemia?

Several...: The initial testing includes blood analysis with cbc, differential, and morphology, followed by a bone marrow study (if there is suspicion for leukemia) that entails extensive testing in the form of morphologic evaluation, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, molecular studies, etc. ...Read more

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What blood tests will dr do to detect cmv?

What blood tests will dr do to detect cmv?

Antibody tests: Can be done - igm for acute infection and igg for prior exposure. We use an antigenemia assay for monitoring in our bmt patients. Many centers use a pcr assay. ...Read more

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Do seizures show up on test if do to low thyroid please answer asap?

Do seizures show up on test if do to low thyroid please answer asap?

EEG : Whatever the cause of seizures, the primary test used to measure them is eeg. An eeg consists of attaching leads to various areas of your head to measure electrical activity in the brain. Seizures and epilepsy are then characterized based on the types of spikes observed, where the spikes happen, and the presenting symptoms. Doctors may do video eeg in some cases, too. ...Read more

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Just donated blood- results say I tested 'reactive' to t.cruz antibodies --- what do I need to do?!

Just donated blood- results say I tested 'reactive' to t.cruz antibodies --- what do I need to do?!

See Doctor: The tests used to screen blood donors are set at high sensitivity and may be false positive. See your doctor to get a confirmatory test. If the confirmatory test is positive, you may need to consult an infectious disease specialist for treatment. I do admire you for doing your civic duty by donating blood. ...Read more

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How will i know what does a urine test actually test for?

How will i know what does a urine test actually test for?

Routine urinalysis: Tests for acidity /alkalinity of urine, specific gravity - how dilute or concentrated, presence of blood, presence of white blood cells (seen in infection), presence of bacteria indicating infection, glucose found in diabetes, protein suggestive of possible kidney disease, bile indicating jaundice, ketones elevated in sub-optimal nutrition etc. Urine culture test identifies bacteria in utis. ...Read more

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Please explain what exactly do the lab techs test when getting blood work?

Blood cell count: There are many tests which can be run on blood and the choice depends on the diagnosis that your dr suspects The most basic tests are blood cell counts, and measuring the blood level of few important chemicals . These basic tests give us a pretty good idea about your general state of health ...Read more