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  CA 15-3



CA 15-3

   A tumor marker most useful in following the course of treatment in women diagnosed with breast cancer, especially advanced breast cancer. CA 153 levels are rarely elevated in women with early stage breast cancer.

RELATED TERMS
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Tumor
Overgrowth of tissue.

Breast
The breast refers to the front of the chest or, more specifically, to the mammary gland. The mammary gland is a milk producing gland. It is composed largely of fat. Within the mammary gland is a complex network of branching ducts. These ducts exit from sac-like structures called lobules, which can produce milk in females. The ducts exit the breast at the nipple.

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.



SIMILAR TERMS
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CA 125
A cancer marker, a protein normally made by certain cells in the body including those of the uterine tubes, uterus, cervix, and the lining of the chest and abdominal cavities (the peritoneum and pleura). CA 125 stands for cancer antigen 125.

CA 19-9
A tumor marker initially found in colorectal cancer patients, but subsequently also identified in patients with pancreatic, stomach, and bile duct cancer. In those who have pancreatic cancer, higher levels of CA 199 tend to be associated with more advanced disease. Noncancerous conditions that may elevate CA 199 levels include gallstones, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, and cholecystitis.



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C5 (cervical vertebra)
The fifth cervical (neck) vertebra from the top.

C6 (cervical vertebra)
The sixth cervical (neck) vertebra from the top. The next-to-last of the seven cervical vertebrae.

C7 (cervical vertebra)
C7 is the symbol for the 7th cervical (neck) vertebral bone (C7) which is sometimes called the prominent vertebra due to the length of its spinous process (the projection off the back of the vertebral body).

Ca
1.The symbol for calcium. 2. Short (and slang) for cancer and carcinoma. 3. Abbreviation for cardiac arrest; chronological age; coronary artery. 4. Abbreviation for circa, meaning about or approximately, as in ca. 1 mg.

CA 125
A cancer marker, a protein normally made by certain cells in the body including those of the uterine tubes, uterus, cervix, and the lining of the chest and abdominal cavities (the peritoneum and pleura). CA 125 stands for cancer antigen 125.

CA 15-3

CA 19-9
A tumor marker initially found in colorectal cancer patients, but subsequently also identified in patients with pancreatic, stomach, and bile duct cancer. In those who have pancreatic cancer, higher levels of CA 199 tend to be associated with more advanced disease. Noncancerous conditions that may elevate CA 199 levels include gallstones, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, and cholecystitis.

CA 27-29
A tumor marker similar to the CA 153 that is found in the blood of most breast cancer patients. CA 2729 levels may be used in conjunction with other procedures (such as mammograms and measurements of other tumor marker levels) to check for recurrence in women previously treated for stage II and stage III breast cancer.

CABG
Coronary artery bypass graft; and Coronary artery bypass grafting.

Cachectic
Having cachexia, physical wasting with loss of weight and muscle mass due to disease. Patients with advanced cancer, AIDS, and some other major chronic progressive diseases may appear cachectic.

Cachetic
Common misspelling of cachectic.

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