What is a CA-125 Blood Test?
The CA-125 blood test is a medical test that measures the levels or amount of protein CA-125 or cancer antigen 125, which is a biomarker that can indicate a condition or disease in one’s body. This test is commonly performed to monitor one’s cancer treatment, check the recurrence of cancer, or screen for ovarian cancer, especially if they’re at high risk.
However, it is essential to note that should it be used to screen for ovarian cancer, further testing is required since numerous conditions can increase one’s level of CA-125.
With regards to the frequency of the CA-125 blood test, it depends on the patient’s situation or condition. During cancer treatment, the patient may have to undergo a test more often to check if the treatment is working. Then, after treatment, a patient is recommended to take the test, first after 2 to 4 months within the first two years, every six months for the three years after that, and then once per year afterward.
High-risk individuals may be asked to undergo the test alongside a transvaginal ultrasound every six months to a year. The procedure of the CA-125 blood test is simple and only requires the collection of a blood sample and a quick analysis in a laboratory.
How does it work?
Step One. Access and Download the Template
Make sure you have a digitally accessible or printable version of the CA-125 blood test template when needed. Do either of the following to obtain a copy:
- Click the “Download Template” or “Use Template” button
- Search for “CA-125 Blood Test” on Carepatron’s template library’s search bar on the app or website
Step Two. Interview, Assess, and Examine the Patient
Before you request, it’s best to interview your patient to ask about their symptoms, assess their current condition, or physically examine them to determine if the CA-125 blood test is appropriate. If it is, fill out the request form section of the template.
Step Three. Collect the Sample
Have your client bring the filled-out request form to the laboratory as proof that you requested the CA-125 blood test.
Step Four. Analyze and Interpret the Results
When you or your client have the results, you may pore over them and write down your analysis and interpretation on the second half of the CA-125 blood test template we provided. By doing this, you will have a record of your observations and findings and a guide you can refer to during treatment approach formulation.
Step Five. Store the Template Securely
Whether you filled out both sections of the template or not, you must securely store the template. You may keep them in a secure physical location or on Carepatron, a HIPAA-compliant EHR, to limit access to relevant parties only.
CA-125 Blood Test Example (sample)
Here’s a filled-out PDF file of the CA 19-9 template you can view, print, or digitally access for insight into how it may look when completed. However, note that the answers in the example template are fictional.
View the sample below or click the “Download Example PDF” button to obtain a sample copy.
When would you use this test?
Medical practitioners, more specifically oncologists, can use this test for:
If a patient is exhibiting symptoms or is at risk of having ovarian cancer due to a strong family history of ovarian cancer or because of an inherited gene, the CA-125 Blood Test can be used to screen for mentioned cancer.
Patients in the middle of cancer treatment will be asked to undergo a CA-125 blood test to check their condition and the effectiveness of the treatment. In addition, those whose cancer has been treated may be asked to undergo the test to check for cancer recurrence.
What do the results mean?
Any level higher than 46 U/mL can mean the patient may have early signs, continuing growth, or return of ovarian cancer. Meanwhile, any lower than the mentioned level means the treatment works.
It’s important to note, however, that the results of the CA-125 blood test shouldn’t be the only basis for diagnosing ovarian cancer, as the results may indicate other conditions or pregnancy.
Why use Carepatron as your CA-125 Blood app?
Aside from getting a copy of the CA-125 blood test on Carepatron, a general practice software, you and other practitioners caring for patients with ovarian cancer or at risk can use the app to manage your practice efficiently.
With Carepatron’s tools and features, you can streamline processes and automate tasks related to the following:
Smoothen the process of filling out important records for further testing, diagnosis, or treatment formulation. Save time and effort by digitally accessing, using, customizing, and completing over 1,000 medical documents and note templates in our template library.
Have control over your schedule by allowing patients to request appointments independently. Reduce no-shows by sending them automated SMS or email reminders of upcoming appointments via a system you can set up on Carepatron.
Handle medical billing with ease with the help of invoice templates, alternative paying options for your clients, and a set-up where you can send automated payment due reminders.
Effortlessly input and search for patient details and records on our patient portal.
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- Gupta, D., & Lis, C. G. (2009). Role of CA125 in predicting ovarian cancer survival - a review of the epidemiological literature. Journal of Ovarian Research, 2(1), 13. https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-2215-2-13
- Sissons, B. (2022, September 14). What to know about the cancer antigen 125 test. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/cancer-antigen-125