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Overview Brief

Cancer Antigen 125 is a protein that is found in ovarian cancer cells. The CA 125 test is used to diagnose and monitor ovarian cancer.

What is CA125?

CA125 is a test used to diagnose ovarian cancer. CA125 is a protein found in ovarian cancer cells. The CA125 test is also used to monitor ovarian cancer in patients and recovering patients. The following section describes the procedure and aim of the CA125 blood test1.

Why is CA125 suggested?

CA 125 is suggested for the following reasons:

  • To diagnose ovarian cancer.
  • To monitor ovarian cancer in current and recovering patients.
  • To test for early stages of ovarian cancer in women who are at high risk for the disease.

How is CA125 performed?

Following are the steps followed in a CA 125 test1:

  • A blood sample is taken for the test.
  • Alcohol is used to clean the skin and needle before the technician wraps an elastic band above the elbow so that the veins can be easily seen.
  • The needle is injected near your elbow and blood is collected in a plain tube attached to the needle.
  • The needle is ejected from the skin, and the blood sample is labeled and sent for analysis.

The following section discusses the parameters used to measure CA125.

What are the parameters measured in CA125?

CA125 levels are considered to be high if they are above 35 U/ml. there are other factors which can cause a high CA125 level like pregnancy, menstruation, uterine fibroids etc.

Preparation before performing CA125

CA125 does not require any specific preparation before the test. Just inform your doctor if you have any allergies or medical conditions prior to the CA125 test.

Preparation before performing CA125

CA125 does not require any specific preparation before the test. Just inform your doctor if you have any allergies or medical conditions prior to the CA125 test.

Sample types in CA125

Sample type used in CA125 is a blood sample.

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Side effects/risks of CA125

CA 125 is a relatively safe procedure and doesn’t have any side-effects apart from bruising or risk of infection at the site from where the blood sample is drawn.

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