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What is the name of the blood test that checks for prostate cancer?

What is the name of the blood test that checks for prostate cancer?

PSA: The psa (prostate specific antigen) blood test is used to evaluate men for the possibily of prostate cancer. An abnormal level may be due to cancer, infection, or benign prostate enlargement. Also, prostate cancer may be present with a normal psa level. Your physician will determine if you need the test and what should be done when the results are available. ...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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What is the name of the blood test that checks the pancreas ?

What is the name of the blood test that checks the pancreas ?

Pancreatic enzymes: You probably are talking about pancreatic enzymes which are called amylase and lipase. ...Read more

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What is the name of the blood test for leprosy?

What is the name of the blood test for leprosy?

Leprosy Tests: Leprosy can be detected by searching for the acid- fast bacilli from either nasal smears or skin biopsies. Molecular probes & serological assays (phenolic glycolipid-1 or lipoarabinomannan) are also used. ...Read more

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What is the most reliable test for the progression of prostate cancer? (other than PSA blood test)

What is the most reliable test for the progression of prostate cancer? (other than PSA blood test)

See below: PSA is a screening test. Other tests such as percent-free PSA and complexed PSA can be done on blood to check for the amount of free PSA present. If your % free PSA is less than 10%, you should definitely consider a prostate biopsy. Levels between 10-25% should be discussed with your Urologist. PSA density/velocity and age-related PSA tests are controversial; therefore discuss with your Urologist ...Read more

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Which body/blood test is the best test for cancer in the body?

Which body/blood test is the best test for cancer in the body?

None of them: None of the routine labs are a general cancer screen. There are some "alternative and holistic" practitioners that offer supposed blood tests for general cancer, but these don't meet scientific standards and haven't stood up to horst testing. ...Read more

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Pancreatitis will show an increased level of amylase in the blood. What is the name of this test when I inquire of the medical oncologist?

Pancreatitis will show an increased level of amylase in the blood. What is the name of this test when I inquire of the medical oncologist?

Serum amylase: Presence of amylase in serum for short period of time after pancreatitis. This process managed by gastroenterologist and not medical oncologist who manages pancreatic cancer.Le of head and body rarely associated with amylase elevations but rather CEA or Ca19.9. When pancreatitis present there is usually marked abdominal pain due to necrosis of gland whereas body tumors give back pain. ...Read more

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For the pathologists, when testing for antibodies, if there is a perinuclear staining of some cells of a human pituitary, what could this indicate?

For the pathologists, when testing for antibodies, if there is a perinuclear staining of some cells of a human pituitary, what could this indicate?

Maybe adenoma: Perinuclear staining means that the cells stained around the nucleus, but it doesn't tell what exactly stained. Pituitary adenomas, which are benign tumors, can show perinuclear staining with an antibody to cytokeratin. Looking at staining patterns is one way to tell the difference between types of pituitary tumors. We need more information from your pathology report to answer this. ...Read more

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Is AFP (Alpha Fetoprotein) test used to detect any kind of cancer in the body? I.e higher value will indicate that there is cancer somewhere in body.

Is AFP (Alpha Fetoprotein) test used to detect any kind of cancer in the body? I.e higher value will indicate that there is cancer somewhere in body.

Liver and germ cell: AFP can be elevated in cancers of the liver and some germ cell tumors. However, it also be elevated in patients with non-cancerous liver disease. The AFP results need to be interpreted in the clinical context. It is not a general marker for cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is the new screening test for colon cancer that uses the camera you swallow?

What is the new screening test for colon cancer that uses the camera you swallow?

Not so: The camera pill is not for colon cancer screening. It is used to evalaute the small intestine, not the colon. ...Read more

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If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer

If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer

Discuss...: Your question is not exactly clear. "remission" is a term used to describe cancer that was diagnosed and after treatment or in unusual cases "spontaneously" is no longer clinically present. The "blood tests" currently marketed are used to "find" (screen) cancer. Tests like "early cdt" are generally inaccurate if you have already had a cancer. Not used to diagnose "remission". ...Read more

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What is the name of the xray procedure which includes some sort of dye in the blood that can detect cancer cells?

What is the name of the xray procedure which includes some sort of dye in the blood that can detect cancer cells?

PET scan: Pet scan is a nuclear medicine procedure that is useful for addressing the stage of disease after cancer diagnosis has been made. Pet scanning allows visualization of the whole body to determine if there is disease spread to areas other than the original found disease site. ...Read more

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Why is the ca-125 blood test for ovarian cancer not part of a yearly checkup?

Why is the ca-125 blood test for ovarian cancer not part of a yearly checkup?

Not beneficial: The ca125 test is not used for screening for ovarian cancer because it does not work in the general female population. The ca125 can be abnormal in situations without any cancer and most importantly using this test does not save any lives like in the case of maamograms for breast cancer. ...Read more

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Which type of test is done to check for cancer any kind of cancer.?

NO one test exists: The purpose of screening for any disease, including cancer, is to find a condition at a time where a helpful intervention can be made .There also needs to be greater benefit than harm. There is growing evidence to show that some types of screening are costly-not just money-wise, but also due to false findings that get followed-up with harm caused by those follow-up procedures, sometimes invasive. ...Read more

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Please tell me what the name of the disease is for benign cysts found in the colon during a colonoscopy?

Please tell me what the name of the disease is for benign cysts found in the colon during a colonoscopy?

Very rare: Cysts of the colon are extremely rare. Most when found are in the mesentery or supportive structure of the bowel. in even rarer instances as with polyps detected by colonoscopy, lymphatic cysts that have developed and appear in region where polyps found are removed by colonoscopy. They are rare, benign and reportable when found. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Prostate Cancer (Definition)

The second most common cancer after skin cancer ...Read more