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Carbohydrate Antigen 19-9 (CA19-9)
CA19-9 is the term for carbohydrate antigen sialyl Lewis a. It is a protein found on the floor of certain cancer cells. It can also be located in the blood when it is shed by cancer cells.
CA19-9 is in many instances used as a tumour marker for some forms of common cancers of the pancreas. But this test cannot be used by means of itself to find pancreatic or other cancers because:
• CA19-9 is also found in healthy adults in small quantities in the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and lungs.
• About 5% of humans no longer produce CA19-9, so this test cannot be used for them.
• The blood ranges of this antigen may furthermore be at a higher levels than normal in healthy human beings and in people with non-cancerous situations such as pancreatitis or bile duct obstruction.
Why a CA19-9 test is Required?
A CA19-9 test is typically used to:
• Check a person’s response to treatment for some forms of pancreatic cancer, especially advanced pancreatic cancer
• See if pancreatic cancer is still developing or has relapsed (recurred) after treatment.
How a ca19-9 test is done?
CA19-9 is usually measured by using a blood test. The blood sample is sent to a lab for testing.
What the results means to the patient?
A higher than ordinary levels of CA19-9 can be found in healthy human beings and can also be found in human beings with non-cancerous and cancerous conditions.
Non-cancerous conditions include:
• Liver Diseases, such as Cirrhosis or Hepatitis
• Inflammation of the Gallbladder (Cholecystitis) or Gallstones
• Inflammation of the Pancreas (Pancreatitis)
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Some issues of the Lungs, Kidneys or Gastrointestinal Tract
Types of Cancer include:
• Various types of Pancreatic Cancer
• Colorectal Cancer
• Stomach Cancer
• Liver Cancer
• Bile Duct Cancer
• Lung Cancer
• Breast Cancer
• Uterine Cancer
• Ovarian Cancer
The highest levels of this antigen is mostly is found in people with advanced stages of pancreatic cancer.
CA19-9 is not typically high in people with very early stages of the disease.
If CA19-9 concentrations have been higher than normal, a decrease in CA19-9 or a return to regular values may also mean that the cancer is responding positively to the treatment.
An escalation may mean that the cancer is not responding positively to the treatment, perhaps still growing or is coming back.
Your doctor may compare the levels over time.
What happens if there is a change or abnormality found in the results?
The doctor will determine if other tests, procedures, follow-up care or additional therapy is needed.
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