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Unread 10-16-2002, 02:44 PM
Blood work show cancer?

Hi Everyone,

I am confused about how ovarian or other types of internal cancers are diagnosed.

Does a CBC panel show something off if there is a cancer....... or do cancers only show up 'once they are in there'?

I am still very much researching ALL possible sources of my ongoing pain and discomfort.......... but all my blood work comes out ok, except for low iron.

Is there anyone out there that has had experience with cancer diagnosis?

THanks for the feedback (it might just put my mind at ease!)

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Unread 10-16-2002, 03:20 PM
Blood Test Part of Ovarian Testing Process

The CA125 blood test is best used as a measure of treatment response and recurrence/remission after treatment, but it is useful as part of a three-series test in detecting ovarian cancer. CA125 can be falsely elevated due to endometriosis, menstruation, or other factors; also, there are times when ovarian cancer is present but the CA125 is not elevated. CA125 is not part of a normal blood testing panel. The recommendation is that if ovarian cancer is suspected, there be a manual pelvic/rectal exam, the CA125, and a transvaginal ultrasound.
Unread 10-16-2002, 03:40 PM
Blood work show cancer?

Hi Cori,

As Ellen said, the CA 125 can indicate ovarian cancer and many other things. There is another blood test that can indicate colon cancer, but also many other things. I have vaginal cancer and my blood tests were fine except anemia. Anemia can be a sign of cancer, but more often just not enough iron in the diet. My only symptom was a clear, non odorous vaginal discharge. A pelvic exam found a grapefriut sized mass. Tests like cat scans, ultra sounds, MRI's can help in the diagnosis of cancer, but I think it can only be truly diagnosed with a biopsy. If you feel something isn't right, have it checked and don't give up until the cause is found. most likely it will be something not serious and you can breathe a sigh of relief, but if it is cancer, the sooner you treat it, the better.
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Unread 10-17-2002, 06:43 AM
Blood work show cancer?

Hi Cori!

I just wanted to second what the other gals have already said. My own situation came about via the CA125 test, I didn't request it because of any symptoms but due to an extensive family history of cancer. In other words, I was a very lucky girl.

We didn't rule out any other conditions (at least completely) until surgery was done and pathology was completed.

It never hurts to get things fully investigated, it can only help YOU in the long run. If nothing else, will ease the worry for you. If you are continuing to experience this and its worrying you, get another opinion or request a consult with a specialist, specifically a Gyn Oncologist if you're concerned about a possible cancer.

I wish you the best and hope this turns out to be nothing to worry about. Keep us posted on how things turn out.


Unread 10-17-2002, 12:20 PM
Blood work show cancer?

Cori = I'm sure you've already heard this, but ovarian cancers are extremely difficult to detect unless that is exactly what you are looking for. Blood tests are usually done in combination with other "hands-on" tests especially the ultrasound/transvaginal ultrasound and manual exam.

Mine was a total "accidental" find and was only found during an ultrasound. It ended up being a borderline tumor (11 pounder) but none of the CA125 tests were ever higher than 19.

Hope this helps a little.
Good luck with everything! Check out some of the ovarian cancer websites for more info also.


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