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Unread 05-28-2002, 01:59 PM
CA 125 question

I went today for my 3 month post op visit with my oncologist. He did a pelvic, pushed on my belly, asked questions and did a CA 125. We wait for the blood test results, but everything else looked and felt good.

What I know is very little and what I have learned has been in the last 3 months, since surgery. I believe the CA 125 is a tumor marker for ovarian cancer, correct?

The ovarian cancer was self contained in the tumor that was removed.

Well, if I have no ovaries, how does this blood test work? If it is a marker for ovarian cancer and I have no ovaries, where does it look for the cancer? I am confused and I want to learn.

I didn't think of this question until I had left the hospital. If anyone can enlighten me on this process, I would be much appreciative.

Thanks
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Unread 05-28-2002, 02:21 PM
CA 125 question

s Kasbn

I am sure you have nothing to worry about.
The ca 125 is a tumor marker for ovarian cancer.
And even though your ovaries have been removed, there remains that slight chance that some of the ovarian cells are floating in your abdomin. A very slight chance. A ca 125 will probably always be a part of your medical follow up to make sure everything is as it should be.
I would suggest that when your doc calls you with the results, you ask him the same question. He'll probably explain it all better.
Let us know how you make out.

karenann
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Unread 05-28-2002, 04:20 PM
Karen Said It Well!

This is a good followup to be sure those cells were contained and are now all gone. A thorough doctor will do the CA125 on a regular basis. He/she can explain it better. It is good, normal followup.
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Unread 05-28-2002, 07:15 PM
CA 125 question

One thing about the CA-125 - don't get too stuck on the actual number since the test is not perfect. Any kind of inflamation can cause it to rise so for each individual docs tend to look at what it was before your surgery, right after and then at each follow-up. We are all different and while lower is generally better, what is low for each of us can be a bit different.

So, while this is a routine follow-up, you should feel free to ask your doc about the test and how he plans to use it. It is really interesting, but rather hard to explain.

Dorrie
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