Doctor insights on: Lab tests for ovarian cancer

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Are there any good tests for ovarian cancer screening?

Are there any good tests for ovarian cancer screening?

Annual exam: The best screening remains the annual pelvic exam coupled with a careful history. The ca125, ova-1 and other tumor markers in conjunction with a vaginal probe ultrasound are useful in some patients. Always report any unusual symptoms to your gynecologist. Pay attention to your body. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What are the tests for ovarian cancer?

What are the tests for ovarian cancer?

History: Including family history, physical exam with pelvic looks at ervix, and bimanual exam, & rectal exam to probe for masses, shelf, and overt and secret blood. Then begins imaging: u/s, ct. If a mass is confirmed, it needs biopsy. Only after DX is made is a ca-125 potentially helpful, not as a screen. ...Read more

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I'm 34 and 4 years ago I had all the tests for ovarian cancer it was negative. I now have all the symptoms, could I be in the late stages of it now?

I'm 34 and 4 years ago I had all the tests for ovarian cancer it was negative. I now have all the symptoms, could I be in the late stages of it now?

You can not be so su: If you have symptoms, then an examination by your doctor is the first step. Only if he/she suspect something on an examination will they order imaging studies with an ultrasonogram or ct scans which can easily show the status of your ovaries. I would not get so anxious right away when your previous testing has been unremarkable. It may simply be fear/ worry of the unknown. Your doctor can help. ...Read more

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What tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

What tests can diagnose ovarian cancer?

CA-125, ultrasound: Routine screening is not recommended on people with average risk. Family history is a strong risk factor. In these patients ca-125 (it is a tumor marker checked in blood) also transvaginal ultrasound can help early diagnosis. ...Read more

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Which test to detect ovarian cancer early is the best?

None: Unfortunately, no screening test (be it ultrasound, physical exam, or ca 125 tumor marker) can detect ovarian cancer early enough to make a difference. People with high risk for cancer often choose to have the ovaries removed before they get malignant. If you have concerns about your risk, please have a chat with your doc. Best to you. ...Read more

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How to screen or test for ovarian cancer?

How to screen or test for ovarian cancer?

No sure test: There is no established screening test fit for mass use. Blood tests such as ca125 level has been used. Scannng such as pelvic ultrasound or ct scans have ben employed too. ...Read more

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How do you test for ovarian cancer in women?

Nothing good: Unfortunately there is nothing that's accurate. We sometimes use ultrasound and a blood test called CA125 to screen very high risk people like those with a family history of ovarian/breast cancer or Ashkenazi Jewish. However, even in this group we are not very good at preventing ovarian cancer and making people live longer. There are some tests in development and hopefully it will be reality soon ...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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If you have ovarian cancer could it be seen by a urine test?

No: The ovary and bladder are not connected and there is no routine testing available to detect ovarian cancer in urine outside of research, if any?! ...Read more

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Is there a test for ovarian cancer that is covered by insurance?

Is there a test for ovarian cancer that is covered by insurance?

Covered by most: Examination by gynecologist and sonogram is covered by most of the insurances, . ...Read more

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I've had a tumor marker test which is 45. The test was for ovarian cancer. Could I have cancer?

I've had a tumor marker test which is 45. The test was for ovarian cancer. Could I have cancer?

Yes: Anybody can have cancer. The basis of diagnosis is the history, physical exam, and rational screening. I do not know what blood work you had, or whether the marker was above reference range or not. This question needs to be brought by you to, and answered by, your personal physician. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach and wish you good luck on follow-up. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Had a blood test and it was negative and my scan turned out negative too. So what is the matter?

I have all the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Had a blood test and it was negative and my scan turned out negative too. So what is the matter?

Ovarian cancer: More often than not, ovarian cancer does not have symptoms. If your scan and blood tests are negative, obviously one must consider other causes. If you separately list your symptoms here, we might be able to help. Even better might be a consult via HealthTap Prime or Healthtap Concierge. Whatever we can do to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there an xray or similar test for ovarian cancer?

No: There are no tests that have been shown to reliably screen for ovarian cancer. Some people advocate for pelvic us and tumor marker analysis but these tests have not been shown to lead to improvements in ovarian cancer outcomes. ...Read more

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What is the ca-125 test for ovarian cancer?

What is the ca-125 test for ovarian cancer?

Measures a protein: The ca-125 test is a blood test that detects a protein in the blood that is produced by malignant ovarian cells. It is used to help determine if an ovarian cancer patient has had a relapse, or to help differentiate a cyst found by sonogram or ct. The most important point: it should never be used as a yearly screening test, and should not be requested by patients as a screening test. ...Read more

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How likely is it that the ovarian cancer is being missed in tests?

Unlikely: Imaging studies are very accurate these days. In questionable cases laparascopy can be very helpful. ...Read more

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My grandmother may have very advanced ovarian cancer, tests are coming back today. Is ovarian cancer hereditary?

My grandmother may have very advanced ovarian cancer, tests are coming back today. Is ovarian cancer hereditary?

There incresed risk: There is genetic predisposition but most ovarian cancers are not heriditary. If she has brac1;brac2also hnpcc gene. There is increased risk of ovarian cancer if you a menber of your immediate family has ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Is there a genomic test for ovarian cancer?

Is there a genomic test for ovarian cancer?

Yes: Many genes have been identified that may increase your risk of ovarian cancer from the normal <1% risk to a doubling or up to a 40% lifetime risk. The best validated gene is the brca gene. The new next generation sequencing technology can check for 19 genes at once that increase risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. This may be helpful if you have a family history of ovarian cancer. ...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
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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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What tests may my doctor do if they suspect I have ovarian cancer?

What tests may my doctor do if they suspect I have ovarian cancer?

Depends: At 25 years of age, of course it would be very unlikely for you to have cancer. More common than typical ovarian cancer at your age would be sex-cord stromal tumor or germ cell tumors. Markers for these would be: estradiol, testosterone, hcg, afp, ldh. Ca-125 is the tumor marker for the common ovarian cancers that occur with older women. An ultrasound, ct scan or MRI might be ordered as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

A typically silend cancer which ...Read more