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Carcino-embryonic Antigen (CEA)

Formal name: Carcinoembryonic Antigen
Related tests: Tumor Markers

 

  • Why should I do it?

To help determine whether cancer is present in the body, although it is not recommended as a general population screening test; to monitor cancer treatment, including response to therapy and recurrence; to help in staging of cancer

 

  • When should I do it?

When your doctor thinks your symptoms suggest the possibility of cancer; before starting cancer treatment as well as at intervals during and after therapy

 

  • What Kind of Sample is Needed?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm

 

  • Test Preparation Needed?

None