Is there a blood test for pituitary cancer?

Not by itself. A pituitary tumor may be suggested by blood test results that show increased amount of certain hormones in the blood. However, some pituitary tumors do not produce hormones. An MRI of the brain is necessary to diagnose a pituitary tumor. Blood tests will help determine if the tumor is producing hormones.
Possibly. Cancer involving the pituitary gland is very rare. Pituitary tumors are relatively common but they are benign. Since the pituitary gland secretes hormones, there are common blood tests that can help detect abnormal pituitary function which might suggest a tumor.

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If you have an intradural, extramedullary spinal tumor and pituitary tumor that cannot be biopsied, would it be prudent to run paraneoplastic ab test or any other blood test to rule out cancer?

It's not for that. The vast majority of cancers don't produce paraneoplastic antibodies that show on labs. If you've been told that a tissue diagnosis cannot be obtained on either of your two tumors, please think about getting a second opinion, though it may be true. Whatever happens, you deserve to be fully educated about your illnesses. Read more...
Discuss this with. Your neurosurgeon/spinal surgeon/oncologist docs as this needs a team approach and all of them should be advising you. I think biopsy would be the test that can tell whether its cancer or not, ; which type. Talk to them. Good luck and best wishes for 2014. Read more...

Is there a blood test for cancer?

Not quite. Cancer is not one disease but a conglomeration of multiple disease. Some cancers, e.g., leukemias, multiple myeloma, and some advanced cancers can be detected by blood tests. However there are different tests for even these categories of cancers. Read more...

Is there a blood test to r/o cancer?

No. There is no one blood test that screens for all cancers. There are specific tests that can be used to monitor disease status in particular diagnoses such as psa for prostate cancer, ca125 for ovarian cancer or cea for colon cancer, but these tests are not so good for screening a general population. The concern with them is either lack of specificty or detection of lesions that are not risky. Read more...
No. There is no single test that can definitely rule out all types of cancer. There are tests, however, which may rule out cancer of specific organs like prostate or pancreas with a good relative degree of certainty. You need not go thru life worrying about cancer. Healthy lifestyle ensures resistance to most cancers. Read more...

Is there a blood test to detect any/all cancers?

Cancer screening. There are blood tests that can screen for certain types of cancer, but they do not necessarily prove that there is cancer, even if abnormal. You should discuss your concerns with your family physician to see IF there is a particular test that you might benefit from having done. There is no value in doing a routine series of tests if there is no indication that they are needed. Read more...

Is there a blood test that can indicate if someone has cancer?

Yes. Yes, but it is not that straightforward. It is most appropriately used when you know somebody has cancer, the cancer has been treated, and you are looking for regrowth of the cancer. Using the tests any other way can be very misleading. It also depends on what kind of cancer you have (ldh, afp, thyroglobulin, cea, ca19-9, ca 125, and chromogranin are all examples). Read more...

Is there a blood test for cancer of all types? I read an article about something called an amas test. Is it viable?

No, there isn't . But we're working on it. We are developing antigen or protein marker assays for several specific types of carcinoma, much like the psa test that we have for prostate ca. There are some other tests that we find to be connect with a diagnosed case of ca, which we then follow if they truly correlate with expansion or contraction of the tumors. Read more...
Interesting. It appears this test was developed about 20 years ago, and is only available through one company. To my knowledge, it has no credibility. Here is a link with more info: http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/qaa400515/is-amas-a-worthwhile-cancer-test.Html. Read more...
No. I have followed the AMAS people for two decades. They're independent medical thinkers and are clearly sincere, but they haven't done the things that might convince the rest of the scientific community. Please don't base a life-and-death decision on the AMAS result. Best wishes. Read more...

I had a right hemicollectomy two yrs ago and aim havin a CT scan sonn is there a blood test that I should be having that would detect any more cancer?

You need follow up. Prognosis for localized colon cancer after colectomy is excellent , but need close follow up , regular examinations , need repeat colonoscopy, and scans as you mentioned. Several tumor markers available by blood test , non specific but one very frequently used is cea levels for tumor recurrence , please follow you doctors advise with follow up visits. Read more...