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Why Is The Bta Stat Test Important For Bladder Cancer
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
No: It is not. It is often used as such but: a hint of oca requires careful investigation, often surgery. Ca-125 gives many "false positives" so some surgeries would have been unnecessary . This would be ok with those who had oca, but perhaps not with those who did not. Ca-125 also gives "false negatives". This is worse, as the reassurance was misleading! pelvic sonography is a better tool. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What are the necessary blood tests after treatment of breast cancer to detect if your ok . Is ca 125 important?
No: Ca-125 not important for breast cancer. Good test for ovarian cancer. The most important things are routine physical exam. Most recurrences are found by the patient or the physician. Hope this helps. No routine blood tests have been shown to be of benefit. However, if someone received chemotherapy, i typically check blood because they received chemo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: There are no screening tests for ovarian cancer that have proven to be benifical. Ca-125 marker testing, pelvic us, pelvic exams have not been conclusivly demonstrated to improve outcomes. The best thing to do would be to ask your doctor what he/she feel is right for you in your situation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Other conditions too: Ca25 test can be positive in many conditions pregnancy endometriosis uterine fibroids pancreatitis liver disease normal menstruation other malignancies like lung, breast.Pacreas and GI tract cysts of the ovaries so here you have it it is not a specific test for ovarian cancer, thogh it may be positive as well. ...Read more
In our idiotic: System of insurance roulette, the critical test is the cystoscopy and biopsy; the most expensive test is the pet scan (discerns stage, and metastasis. You have a life threatening, function threatening illness, how much it cost is a business and financial question. Too bad insurance is a business trying to reduce their risk at our expense. Good luck to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not very.: Ca 125 is touted as a screening tool for ov ca but is elevated in only 50% of those with early stage disease. Approx 1% of normals have a high ca 125. Since ovarian cancer is relatively uncommon, the ability of a positive test to predict ca is about 3%. There is general consensus that ca 125 is not a good screening tool for average risk females. Consider ca 125 for those with high risk. ...Read more
Not clear: I'm not clear what disease you are asking about screening for. Please clarify and re-ask question. ...Read more
Is the occult blood stool sample an accurate method for testing for colon cancer and where can I get info?
Your doctor: Stool for occult blood is a simple test , could be in your doctor's office as a quick inexpensive screening test for colon cancer, however most accurate test for colon cancer is colonoscopy. Information available from your local hospital to american cancer society office and it is free. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For the penile swab test to check for STDs is it important to get admitted in the hospital for a day ?
No....: It is a 5 second out patient procedure/test... ...Read more
What are odds for surviving bladder cancer? The doctor says the bladder cancer is in early stages. Does this mean it can be cured?
Bladder cancer: Early stage bladder cancer can nearly always be successfully treated without major surgery. It is important to follow the surveillance cysto protocol after initial cystoscopic treatment (resection) due to the tendency for superficial recurrences. Cure is a relative term when dealing with some cancers. ...Read more
The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more
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