Tumour markers

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What are tumour makers? - Chemical which can be detected in the blood which may correlate with the presence of cancer. Sometimes they can also rise with non cancerous conditions such as infection or inflammation.

How are tumour markers useful? - There are numerous blood test available which may be associated with cancer. These can be used to help detect cancer such as the PSA but more commonly they help to monitor the response to treatment. The blood tests in routine use in the UK are:-

[1] PROSTATE CANCER

Prostate specific antigen

PSA doubling time

[2] OVARIAN CANCER

CA125

[3] COLORECTAL CARCINOMA

CEA

[3] UPPER GI

CA19-9

[3] TESTICULAR CANCER

alpha feto protein

Beta HCG


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