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Can a woman have a normal ca125 blood test and still have ovarian cancer?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Geisler
Gynecology - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Geisler
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Ca 125 is not a good cancer marker. If elevate with a cancer, it may be used to monitor the progress of the tumor and effectiveness of treatment.

In brief: Yes
Ca 125 is not a good cancer marker. If elevate with a cancer, it may be used to monitor the progress of the tumor and effectiveness of treatment.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
Not usually but there are more accurate tests now , like the ova-1 and if I do a ca-125 i combine it with an he-4 blood test.
If you are worried obviously you need to also have an ultrasound and possible further testing and your gyn can refer to to a gyn oncology surgeon- that type of doctor has additional training to deal with pre-cancer and cancer and to rule them in or out.

In brief: Possibly
Not usually but there are more accurate tests now , like the ova-1 and if I do a ca-125 i combine it with an he-4 blood test.
If you are worried obviously you need to also have an ultrasound and possible further testing and your gyn can refer to to a gyn oncology surgeon- that type of doctor has additional training to deal with pre-cancer and cancer and to rule them in or out.
Dr. Alan Patterson
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Yes
Ca 125 is not sensitive nor specific.
Yes, some ovarian cancer do not produce ca 125- thus, ca -125 is only useful as a toold to monitor- for somebody who unfortunately has ovarian cancer and the ca 125 level is elevated.

In brief: Yes
Ca 125 is not sensitive nor specific.
Yes, some ovarian cancer do not produce ca 125- thus, ca -125 is only useful as a toold to monitor- for somebody who unfortunately has ovarian cancer and the ca 125 level is elevated.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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