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What should I do if my CA-125 level increases?

Jean A. Hurteau, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
A rising CA-125 can be the first sign of relapse in patients with ovarian cancer.  A European study however, showed that it is acceptable for patients with a rising CA 125, as the only sign of recurrence, to hold off on treatment. Their study showed that early treatment of relapse ovarian cancer did not translate in a better outcome. In fact, patients who underwent early treatment had a worse quality of life. Thus, it is okay to take your time, take a step back, think about things, and think about where you and your doctor are going with your treatment.

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