TheCancer Antigen 27.29 blood test is the only test U.S.D.A. approved for breastcancer. The cancerous cells shed CA 27.29 into the blood stream. This testgauges the levels of CA 27.29 antigen in the blood of patients with breastcancer.
The test serves the following purposes:
- It assists in the diagnosis of breast cancer
- Is used to monitor the bodyÃŒÂ¢Ã‚â€°s response to cancer treatment
- Also informs physicians of the possible recurrence of the cancer
If the treatments are successful, the levels of Cancer Antigen 27.29 willdecrease. If the cancer progresses the levels of the protein will increase.Physicians order this blood test periodically throughout the treatment to seehow the body is responding.
The CA 27.29 test can also detect cancers like ovarian and prostate cancer. Itcan also detect some non-life-threatening ailments. The test can also determineif the cancer has spread to other areas of the body. This test is often orderedby doctors along with the CEA blood test at the Health Testing Centers.
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