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What is the cancer marker lab test CEA something?

What is the cancer marker lab test CEA something?

Colon cancer marker: The cea (carcinoembryonic antigen) test is a colon cancer tumor marker. As with most tumor markers, it is not used as a screening test for colon cancer (in other words, it is not used to find the cancer because of a relatively high false positive rate) but it is used to monitor the cancer once it has been diagnosed. This is particularly useful for treated colon cancer to see if the tumor reoccurs. ...Read more

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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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What is the new fna molecular marker test by veracyte. Is it a very good biopsy technique for papillary cancer?Please explain http://www.Veracyte.Com

What is the new fna molecular marker test by veracyte. Is it a very good biopsy technique for papillary cancer?Please explain
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Hmmm...: Seems to be a lot of queries on the topic of thyroid cancer these past few days; and my answer is still the same so please refer to my earlier post(s) the best test for you is the one your doctor orders; as far as the compnay the makes the test that decision is usually up to the lab that processes the pathology; best to leave this to the experts(oncologists/endocrinologists/hospitals) involved. ...Read more

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If the nucleosomes (nuc) is positive in the ANA profile blood test, what exactly this mean? ?

If the nucleosomes (nuc) is positive in the ANA profile blood test, what exactly this mean? ?

Ana pattern: ANA patterns are often not reliable in diagnosing disease in practice. Pattern detection accuracy can also vary between different labs. Ultimately whatever results of an ANA that one obtains has to be interpreted in context of the patients symptoms and history. ...Read more

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What is the blood test that could be a marker to detect early cirrhosis?

What is the blood test that could be a marker to detect early cirrhosis?

More than one/many.: Cirrhosis is a broad condition that covers so many causes that there are many blood tests that indicate it and the cause. In general cirrhosis, low red cell count, low albumin, and high prothrombin time, indicate the liver's inability to do its job due to cirrhosis. These can happen before cirrhosis and can mean worse prognosis. Hepatitis abs, anti-mitochondrial ab, etc. Point to the causes. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the standard dignostic test to confirm cancer metastasis?

Could you tell me what is the standard dignostic test to confirm cancer metastasis?

None: There is no standard. Depends on the type of cancer and where you are looking for it. A simple x ray may be sufficient in some cases whereas others may need a ct, pet, mri, or even a biopsy to confirm it. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the standard dignostic test to confirm cancer metastasis?

Help please? What is the standard dignostic test to confirm cancer metastasis?

PET scan: It depends on the type of cancer whether it is visible on pet scan. Most of the time a ct chest/sbdomen/pelvis will detect abnormalities, and if the abnormality is greater than 1 cm a pet scan will find it. ...Read more

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Iron studies panel was abnormal indicating Hemochromatosis. Doc sent me for genetic blood test to confirm. If this is positive, what is the treatment?

Iron studies panel was abnormal indicating Hemochromatosis. Doc sent me for genetic blood test to confirm. If this is positive, what is the treatment?

Blood letting: The treatment is relatively simple. Periodically, some of your blood is drained out to remove iron along with your red cells. Done regularly it would prevent excess iron accumulation and the usual damage excess iron causes. ...Read more

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Cancer antigen 125 is at the level of 55 U/ml . What does that mean ? Gyn

Cancer antigen 125 is at the level of 55 U/ml . What does that mean ? Gyn

Nonspecific: CA 125 can go up due to any peritoneal irritation. It is best not to do this test unless there is a very good reason or your doctor suspects any particular disease. Now that you have done it, it is slightly high(should be normally under 35). You may ask your doctor to recheck it in one or two months and see if it settles down or not. Then we can decide what to do about it. ...Read more

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What to do about rheumatoid factor: 1"60 titer, elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate what is the preliminary diagnoses?

What to do about rheumatoid factor: 1"60 titer, elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate what is the preliminary diagnoses?

Not rheumatoid: This may not be rheumatoid arthritis. Other medical causes can be the reason. We need more information. Your physician can clarify this ...Read more

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What is a normal tumor marker AFP test in a hep c patient?

What is a normal tumor marker AFP test in a hep c patient?

No specific level: AFP is used in the surveillance for liver cancer in patients with liver cirrhosis irrespective of cause. Its done every 6 months along with ultrasound of the liver. A normal range is less than 10. A level greater than 10 does not mean that there is liver cancer especially in persons with liver disease, that is why serial measurements are done. A liver mass plus elevated AFP is more concerning. ...Read more

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What is cancer antigen 125 normal result?

What is cancer antigen 125 normal result?

<35 U/ml: In most laboratories, the normal value is less than 35 u /ml. However, elevated level by itself is not diagnostic of any particular diease or cancer. ...Read more

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Testing in pregnancy showed elevated alpha-fetoprotein. What does it mean?

Testing in pregnancy showed elevated alpha-fetoprotein. What does it mean?

Alpha feto protein: An elevation of Alpha feto protein between 15-18 weeks in pregnancy may be asign of a defect in the forming fetal spine( neural tubr defect). It requires a specialized ultrasound imaging to rule out the above possibility. You must speak with your doctor and seek adequate care. ...Read more

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What test is used to confirm prostate cancer is gone?

What  test is  used  to  confirm  prostate  cancer  is  gone?

PSA: Psa is an excellent way to monitor response to most prostate cancer treatments. After surgery, the ideal result would be less than 0.01 ng/dl. After radiation, a low (less than 0.5 to 1), stable level indicates a good result. A discussion with your doctor regarding your specific situation is most important since every case is unique. ...Read more

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What is confirmatory test for prostate cancer?

What is confirmatory test for prostate cancer?

A single PSA test is: Rarely an indication for a biopsy, but the pattern of psa and rate of rise calls for biopsy to confirm. Many slight rises lead to bx, with some risks of sepsis, and trivial small foci of low risk cancer that are best observed rather than treated. While the biopsy is the correct answer, the real answer is do you really need to know now, and that is individaully very differnt. ...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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Laboratory (Definition)

Is facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments & measurements are performed. An example is medical (clinical) lab where tests are done on clinical specimens in order to get info. About the health of a patient in terms ...Read more


Marker (Definition)

A "marker" is a protein or enzyme that can represent a disease process. Some markers are specific for a particular disease, while ...Read more