• Can ovarian cancer come back if C125 is normal?

    Asked by Candycls on Friday, September 21, 2012

    Can ovarian cancer come back if C125 is normal?

    If c125 is elevated does the doctor then order a ct scan?

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    • osu2sum's Avatar
      osu2sum

      I sure don't mean to scare you, but my mom passed from ovarian cancer 15 years after having a complete hysterectomy. I got breast cancer but also just got a hysterectomy to reduce my chances of getting ovarian cancer. I've been getting the CA125 test for years and will continue to do so. It's not as reliable test as others, but it will show if subsequent tests are close to baseline. Good luck! Carol Ann

      over 4 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar
      derbygirl

      My doctor tests me every 3 months and orders not only a CA-125 but a CA 19-9 and CEA as well. He also had me get a CT scan at 2 years and has told me that he is ordering one at the beginning of the year since it will be my 5 year mark of being cancer free after an ovarian cancer diagnosis.. He told me the 3 blood tests give him a better look at my levels since he is aware of the chances of false positives/negatives with bloodwork.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      An elevated CA125 can be caused by many things thus it cannot be indicative of a returned cancer. It is indicative of checking further. Pain can cause a high reading... My knees were replaced about two months after my last chemo.... my number then dropped to 3... A PET CT Scan can give a complete picture, but these too present other complications to the patient. I'd had several, and the doctor wanted one last one. Then he was counceled to not have it as it could cause more of a problem with reactions to the radiation.... That was six years ago.... Still cancer free. I'm 69 now and still going in for CA125 blood tests every three months... I want to meet new family as they arrive... I already have a great grandson and great granddaughter... Danced at grandson's wedding on 8-18... What a wonderful day of family and love... I'm so very blessed to have faught and and held tightly to Gods hand.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      An elevated CA125 can be caused by many things thus it cannot be indicative of a returned cancer. It is indicative of checking further. Pain can cause a high reading... My knees were replaced about two months after my last chemo.... my number then dropped to 3... A PET CT Scan can give a complete picture, but these too present other complications to the patient. I'd had several, and the doctor wanted one last one. Then he was counceled to not have it as it could cause more of a problem with reactions to the radiation.... That was six years ago.... Still cancer free. I'm 69 now and still going in for CA125 blood tests every three months... I want to meet new family as they arrive... I already have a great grandson and great granddaughter... Danced at grandson's wedding on 8-18... What a wonderful day of family and love... I'm so very blessed to have faught and and held tightly to Gods hand.

      over 4 years ago
    • NanHope's Avatar
      NanHope

      Unfortunately ovarian cancer can come back any time. I was diagnosed a stage 1 (very high cure rate) and my cancer came back (and my CA-125 was NOT elevated at my recurrence). My recurrence was found completely by accident. I now get CT Scans routinely, even though that's not what my doctors recommend - i need to sleep at night! My cancer is silent, absolutely NO symptoms, so I need to keep on top of it. Ovarian cancer CAN come back even if CA-125 is normal...and yes, generally doctors do order a CT Scan for an elevated CA-125.

      Good luck and many blessings for your journey!

      over 4 years ago
    • graceann's Avatar
      graceann

      NanHope, your story is so similar to mine!

      Candy, CA-125 is a tricky thing. For some ovarian cancer patients it is an excellent tool, but for others not so much. My CA125 is always within the normal range yet I have recurring ovarian cancer. My doctor supplements my blood tests with occasional CT scans - usually every six months - because they are a more reliable tool for me.

      To echo other responses, other things might cause your CA125 to elevate, such as if you are fighting a cold, infection, or virus. If you become concerned, let your gyn-onc know.

      over 4 years ago

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