Synonyms/Also Known as
Carbohydrate Antigen 19-9, Cancer Antigen-GI, CA 19-9
Bilirubin, Carcinoembryonic Antigen, LFT, Tumor Markers
Why get tested?
To monitor treatment and to detect recurrence of pancreatic cancer.
When to get tested?
During and following pancreatic cancer treatment.
Test preparation needed
About The Test
How is it used
1) Is CA 19-9 used as a screening test?
CA 19-9 test is associated with several false positives and false negatives results and hence is not used as a screening test.
2) What are other additional procedures required?
CT scan (computed tomography), an ultrasound, an MRI scan, an ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and biopsy.
3) What are the risk factors for pancreatic cancer?
tobacco use, age above 50 years, sex (more likely in men), family history, diabetes, chronic pancreatitis and exposure to certain chemicals.