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Is it possible to have ovarian cancer and have a normal ca 125 blood test?

Is it possible to have ovarian cancer and have a normal ca 125 blood test?

Yes.: Ca125 can vary from person to person and can change under various circumstances not related to cancer. It is more useful as a way to track disease progression or treatment success. ...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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Is it possible to have cancer and have normal blood test results?

Is it possible to have cancer and have normal blood test results?

Yes: Many cancers will not cause changes to the blood counts or chemistry panels. This is one of the reasons why routine screenings with your physician are important. ...Read more

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Can a woman have a normal ca125 blood test and still have ovarian cancer?

Can a woman have a normal ca125 blood test and still have ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Yes. Only 85% of ovarian cancers have an elevated ca 12 at presentation. Therefore, 15 of every 100 women with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer have a ca 125 within the normal range. Ca 125 is not a diagnostic test. But is used to follow the progress of chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bone cancer with normal blood tests?

Is it possible to have bone cancer with normal blood tests?

Yes possible: Bone cancers may not show in the blood or will show in late stage only. ...Read more

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After finding a breast lump, i had a blood test that came back with normal blood count, is it still a possibility to have breast cancer?

After finding a breast lump, i had a blood test that came back with normal blood count, is it still a possibility to have breast cancer?

Blood tests don't he: No blood tests would help to diagnose breast cancer. The only way to diagnose cancer is biopsy of the lump once it is confirmed to be real on an x-ray(mammogram). So you are advised to find a doctor who knows how to investigate a lump in breast , which most dcotors do. But a physical exam is the first step in order to decide if an x-ray or ultrasound is needed. Any palpable lump requires biopsy. ...Read more

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After finding a breast lump, i had a blood test that came back normal. Is it still possible to have breast cancer?

After finding a breast lump, i had a blood test that came back normal. Is it still possible to have breast cancer?

Yes! Yes! Yes!: There is not a blood test to detect breast cancer. If there is an abnormal lump, you need a mammogram and ultrasound and then a biopsy to make a diagnosis. Only a biopsy, which is taking a sample of the lump, can determine if you do or do not have breast cancer. A biopsy can be done with a needle and results obtained in 24-72hours. See a breast specialist for evaluation-do not delay! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer if i don't have a tumor?

Is it possible to have breast cancer if i don't have a tumor?

Yes: The tumor could be seen as calcifications seen on mammgrams, or could be like early pget's disease. ...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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Is it possible for blood work look normal but you still can have cancer?

Is it possible for blood work look normal but you still can have cancer?

Yes: The routine blood tests screen for common blood related cancers such as leukemia. They do not screen for the solid body organ cancers such as lung, breast, prostate, gastrointestinal, brain. There are however certain markers in the blood that may suggest but do not prove there is cancer there. Overall the routine blood tests are not specific enough for the solid body organ cancers. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have lymphoma with normal blood tests?

Yes: Some lymphomas will have essentially normal blood test (CBC) results. Leukemias, on the other hand will often have abnormal blood test results. ...Read more

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Can you have a normal clinical breast exam , but have a MRI show cancer? How often does that happen ? I have a cousin that had cancer in her late 20's

Can you have a normal clinical breast exam , but have a MRI show cancer? How often does that happen ? I have a cousin that had cancer in her late 20's

Yes , possible: You cousin situation is unfortunate. Cancer of breast in 20's is uncommon , but for cancer age is no exception. Lesions ( tumors ) that can not be felt by clinical examination , possible to see in mammogram , or mri. As suspicious areas , final diagnosis is made only after biopsy and histological examination by pathologist.. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a large friable polyp? I have a family history of colon cancer and have to wait 2 weeks for the results.

What does it mean to have a large friable polyp?  I have a family history of colon cancer and have to wait 2 weeks for the results.

Patience: Waiting for test results can be torcher. Usually it takes 3-4 days for the pathologist to prepare the speciman and then evaluate, although different labs can vary in their time. A larger polyp would be concerning but the friability of the polyp would not change the potential diagnosis. ...Read more

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If my roma test is negative why do I still have to see a gynocologist/oncologist for removal of a 7.1 complex ovarian cyst may be serous or municous. I am postmenopausal so the test is 100% right.?

If my roma test is negative why do I still have to see a gynocologist/oncologist for removal of a 7.1 complex ovarian cyst may be serous or municous.  I am postmenopausal so the test is 100% right.?

Ovarian cyst: Correct me if I am wrong. I think you are referring to ova-1 test. The test is designed to evaluate the possibility of benign vs malignant cyst. It is not 100% right. The purpose of the test is trying to designate who should be your surgeon, your gynecologist who usaully treat benign disease or your oncologist. ...Read more

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Have a thyroid nodgule. Had a ultrasound done they are a little worried now have to have further testing a hospital. What does that mean?

Have a thyroid nodgule. Had a ultrasound done they are a little worried now have to have further testing a hospital.  What does that mean?

More information: What further testing is needed at hospital? A biopsy? This is commonly done to evaluate whether or not the nodule is cancerous. The risk is very low, about 5% for the nodule. ...Read more

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Two negative blood test for celiac disease is it possible to still have it and it be the cause of bone loss? How do i test and make sure 100%

Two negative blood test for celiac disease is it possible to still have it and it be the cause of bone loss? How do i test and make sure 100%

There's no 100%: The labs are probably not totally sensitive / specific but they're pretty good. Have you had a biopsy? This is one to work out with your physician. Bone loss won't be the primary manifestation of celiac disease despite "pop" wisdom. "Low blood pressure" isn't an illness. A full workup, including some zebras like porphyria or other neuropathies, may be a consideration along with supportive Dr. ...Read more

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What is a TSH blood test for and does it mean I have cancer?

What is a TSH blood test for and does it mean I have cancer?

TSH: Tsh, thyroid stimulating hormone (or thyrotropin), is made by the pituitary gland in the brain and signals the thyroid to make thyroid hormone. Tsh measurement is used as a screen to investigate thyroid function. It is not used as a screen for cancer. ...Read more

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blood tests cant tell if u have cancer but Can cancer be ruled out from blood test? if your cell counts are normal does that mean you're cancer free?

blood tests cant tell if u have cancer but Can cancer be ruled out from blood test? if your cell counts are normal does that mean you're cancer free?

NO: Blood cell counts gives you clues only and that is when the. Cancer is advanced. ROUTINE blood counts and blood chemistry can be normal when cancer is in its early stages. That is why we use screening tests to detect early cancer ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A typically silend cancer which ...Read more