• CA125 Test

    Asked by wendyp1000 on Thursday, July 19, 2018

    CA125 Test

    Endometrial Cancer - Diagnosed in January - doing chemo cycles (completed 5 out of 6)
    I'm very confused ... On the day of my 5th chemo cycle, they did blood work and my CA125 was 5 - I was ecstatic.

    One week later, I had bloodwork done for another doctor and my CA125 was 60! How can it change so quickly? Should I be worried?

    Feeling so deflated ...

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Could have been something you ate or stress can also contribute. I am an oncology nurse who specializes in gynecological cancers. The CA-125 is notorious for throwing false positives. The scan will always tell the true story. Best of luck to you.

      about 1 month ago
    • wendyp1000's Avatar
      wendyp1000

      Thank you for your response... here I was all celebratory and then one week later deflated! I appreciate the quick response.

      about 1 month ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      I would like to know why 2 different doctors are ordering separate bloodwork when one blood letting will give each doctor the result he needs?

      I vaguely remember telling a doctor that, as long as he wanted to look at my blood, would he mind please writing in such a way that I could learn the results of something else (I dont remember the details) and my request was graciously granted.

      Two birds, 1 test.

      Best wishes

      about 1 month ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Mine was up a little last blood test. Even though I've given the answer before, when it's YOU, you tend to freak out a little. It was still below the magic 35 threshold, so we didn't go further. As @carm said, lots of stuff can affect the numbers, even a cold or infection elsewhere. I know what my doc's plan is if it rises above 35: Wait a week or two, then repeat the blood test. If the 2nd test comes back high, I go in for a CT scan. Hang in there -- hopefully it's just a fluke.

      about 1 month ago

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