• CA-125 Testing

    Asked by SarahPants on Saturday, February 11, 2012

    CA-125 Testing

    Hi Ladies- My doctor has stated that he doesn't believe in CA-125 testing and that it wouldn't matter if I took the blood tests or not. He says it's not a good indicator of weather or not the cancer is there/returned. I've read mixed things about it online. Should I insist on getting the test done for monitoring purposes? What opinions do you guys have on this one?

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    • judalou's Avatar
      judalou

      An update on the CA125 results...Latest number 2 weeks ago is "33", I'm very relieved and as a result of this testing a new surgery date has been set for Aug 2nd. My first question for my "new primary care physician" was his belief in using this marker for his patients. His reply was "women with your family history should have CA 125 twice a year." If only I had found him sooner. He's a keeper as they say...

      almost 2 years ago
    • DonnaJenkins' Avatar
      DonnaJenkins

      My oncologist and surgeon believe in CA 125. It is a blood marker to show if your cancer is less in your body. The goal is to have a number below 35 depending upon the lab.

      over 1 year ago
    • coopcrew's Avatar
      coopcrew

      CA- 125 can be a good indicator if ovarian cancer is recurring, but research has shown that there may be a 4-6 month gap between the rise in CA-125 and the onset of symptoms. Also current research shows that early intervention due to rising CA-125 is not as effective in overall survival than waiting to treat until symptoms develop. That is why some gyn-onc are rethinking the value of CA-125 monitoring. However, you have the right to decide if you want the test or not. Knowing that you are at the start of a recurrence due to rising CA-125 may help you be more vigilant in looking for symptoms. If you are having check-ups every 3 months, you may want to have a CA-125 just for your own peace of mind.

      over 1 year ago

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