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CA-125 test

    A protein that can be found in the blood and is useful in detecting and evaluating ovarian cancer.

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Protein
Any of a group of complex organic compounds which contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and usually sulfur, the characteristic element being nitrogen. Proteins, the principal constituents of the protoplasm of all cells, are of high molecular weight and consist essentially of combinations of a-amino acids in peptide linkages. Twenty different amino acids are commonly found in proteins, and each protein has a unique genetically defined amino acid sequence which determines its specific shape and function. Their roles include enzymatic catalysis, transport and storage, coordinated motion, nerve impulse generation and many others.

Blood
The life-maintaining fluid which is made up of plasma, red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets; blood circulates through the body's heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries; it carries away waste matter and carbon dioxide, and brings nourishment, electrolytes, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat, and oxygen to the tissues.

Cancer
Any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream.



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CT scan (computer tomography)
A diagnostic test which uses x-rays and a computer to view organs and areas inside the body.

CEA
A protein that can be found in the blood and is useful in detecting and evaluating colon cancer. Chemosensitizers - Drugs or chemicals that enhance the effects of anticancer drugs and improve their efficiency

Chemotherapy
The use of chemicals (medicines) to treat cancer.

Clinical trials
Studies that evaluate new drugs or new types of treatment.

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