Abbrevation: CA 125
Sector: Hormone 1
Transport: at 2-8˚c, -20˚c
Storage: 1 day at 2-8˚c for longer time at -20˚c
Test Name: Cancer Antigen 125 - Tumor Marker
Normal Range: -
To monitor treatment for ovarian cancer or to investigate for a possible ovarian cancer.
Before starting therapy for ovarian cancer or if at high risk for developing ovarian cancer, and at intervals during and after treatment. CA 125 may also be request by your GP if you have persistent or frequent symptoms that may be caused by ovarian cancer.
A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm
CA 125 is a protein often found on the surface of ovarian cancer cells and in some normal tissues. It is used as a marker for ovarian cancer. However, CA 125 levels may also be high in other types of non-cancerous conditions, including menstruation, pregnancy, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
How is the sample collected for testing?
Blood is taken from a vein in the arm.
Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?