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Cancer Marker Profile (Ovarian Epithelial) Monoclonal Antibody Blood

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Cancer Marker Profile (Ovarian Epithelial) Monoclonal Antibody Blood

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What is this test?

Cancer marker profile (Ovarian Epithelial) Monoclonal Antibody Blood is used to detect whether an individual is having Epithelial Ovarian cancer or not.

What are Ovaries and Epithelial Ovarian Cancer?

Ovaries are two small organs located low in the pelvis. They form a part of the female reproductive and hormonal system. Ovaries store the eggs released by female and are also responsible for making female hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Epithelial ovarian cancer is a type of cancer in which tumors arise from the cells that cover the ovaries and fallopian tubes. High grade serous ovarian cancer is the most common type of epithelial ovarian cancer in which cancer originate from the fallopian tubes and not in the ovaries.

What is CA 125?

A tumor marker is a substance produced by the body in the presence of cancer or cancer itself can make tumor markers. Some of the tumor markers are specific to one cancer and some are seen in different types of cancers.

Cancer antigen 125 CA-125 is also known as mucin 16 MUC-16. It is used as a tumor marker or biomarker to detect ovarian cancer. Individual who are having advanced ovarian cancer shows high levels of CA-125 in their blood.

Why this test is performed?

This test is performed to find whether an individual is having epithelial ovarian cancer or not. Your doctor may ask to perform this test if you experience any signs and symptoms such as pain and swelling in the abdomen, irregular or heavy vaginal bleeding after menopause, clear vaginal discharge, a lump in the pelvic area, constipation, gas in the stomach etc.

This test is recommended by the physician to check the effectiveness of the treatment of stomach cancer. This also helps the physician to plan the treatment for an individual who is having stomach cancer.

Also known as Cancer marker profile (Ovarian Epithelial).

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Cancer Marker Profile (Ovarian Epithelial) Monoclonal Antibody Blood. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Cancer Marker Profile (Ovarian Epithelial) Monoclonal Antibody Blood.

No specific preparation is required for this test. However, follow all the instructions given by the healthcare provider.

Understanding your test results

The normal reference range may vary depending on gender, age, health history, etc.

If your test results show high levels of CA 125 than the given normal reference range, it may indicate that the person is most likely to have Epithelial Ovarian Cancer, and also indicates that the treatment is not working well.

If your test results are lower or in the normal range, it may indicate that the person is unlikely to have Epithelial Ovarian cancer or may indicate that the treatment is working well.

Based on the test results, your doctor may advise appropriate medical treatments, lifestyle modifications, or further diagnostic tests.

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