Cancer Antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9)

CA 19-9 is a cancer antigen protein. It is a type of tumor marker. Tumor markers are substances produced by cancer cells or normal cells in response to cancer in the body. In pancreatic cancer, it is usually elevated, but sometimes high levels may indicate cirrhosis or gallstones. The test alone cannot be considered a screening test for cancer diagnosis. It can help in the follow-up and the next process of treatment.
Interpretation:Generally, the higher the levels in the blood, the larger the cancer in the body. Levels will be higher if pancreatic cancer has spread to other parts of the body. If the levels drop after treatment, it means that the treatment was successful. In benign diseases, it can also decrease to normal levels after treatment. Low levels are not significant.
Sample: Venous blood from arm. It does not require hunger.
Working day: Every day
Result Time: Same day 18:00