WHAT LAB TESTS ARE IN THE BREAST CANCER MONITORING PANEL?
The Breast Cancer Monitoring Panel includes the following tests:
1. CA 15‐3
2. CA 27‐29
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE BREAST CANCER MONITORING PANEL?
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The Breast Cancer Monitoring Panel can help your physician monitor breast cancer treatment and therapy.
Both the CA 15‐3 and CA 27.29 are proteins that are normally produced by breast cells. In persons with breast cancer, the levels can increase. The protein amounts can rise with breast cancer tumor growth and fall with treatment.
The carcinoembryonic antigen is a protein that may be present in people with cancer, including breast cancer. The CEA Test measures the amount of this protein in your blood. CEA is normally detected in healthy adults, but at a certain range (see below Normal Range).
These three tests can also help your physician offer a more accurate prognosis (or prediction of your health).
WHY DO I NEED THE BREAST CANCER MONITORING PANEL?
The Breast Cancer Monitoring Panel is recommended for women currently afflicted with breast cancer, who are breast cancer survivors, or have a history of breast cancer. Note: This panel does not tell you that you have breast cancer.
OTHER RELEVANT LAB TESTS:
You might also consider the Comprehensive Female Panel.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?
|CA 15‐3||less than 25 U/mL|
|CA 27.29||0‐38.6 units/mL|
|CEA||<2.5 ng/mL in an adult non‐smoker<5.0 ng/ml in a smoker|
High Results Indicate:
CA 15-3: Elevated levels indicate breast cancer and the size of the tumor.
CA 27.29: Elevated levels indicate that treatment for metastatic breast cancer is not working.
CEA: Elevated levels of CEA indicate tumors somewhere in the body.
Low Results Indicate:
CA 15-3: Low levels indicate there is no cancer, but it may be too soon for the disease to elevate the blood levels.
CA 27.29: Low levels may indicate that treatment for metastatic breast cancer is working.
CEA: Lowering levels indicate that the tumor has been removed.
WHAT IF MY LAB TEST RESULTS ARE ABNORMAL OR OUT OF RANGE?
You should see your primary care physician, gynecologist or your oncologist.