This is a test for CA 19-9 (a marker produced by some pancreatic cancers) and CEA to help diagnose, alongside other tests, this form of cancer.
Pancreatic cancer generally presents late and is therefore often difficult to diagnose and treat. The tumour marker CA 19-9 is most commonly associated with this cancer but not all forms of pancreatic cancer produce it and it is also present in certain non-cancerous conditions. Screening using this blood test should take place alongside other investigations under specialist medical supervision in order to diagnose pancreatic cancer.
CA 19-9 (Pancreatic/Gut Antigen 19-9) is a tumour marker test which is mainly used as a marker for pancreatic cancer and gastric cancer but can be raised in other cancers such as ovarian cancer and liver cancer. Tumour markers can also be raised in benign (non-cancerous) conditions so it is important to look at them in-line with any clinical symptoms.
Carcino embryonic antigen (CEA) is a glycoprotein that is normally found in small amounts in the cells. In cases of cancer, predominantly bowel cancer but also breast, lung, pancreatic and stomach, levels of CEA can be elevated. It is therefore used as a general tumour marker test.
A CEA test is a non-specific test for cancer. An elevated result is not necessarily diagnsotic of cancer (CEA can also be raised for other non-malignant condtions) and neither does it tell you where the cancer is located. However, an elevated result should be investigated, especially if symptoms are present.
Like other tumour marker tests, a change may be more important than the absolute level. It is therefore useful to monitor CEA levels over time.
We will send you your Pancreas Cancer Screen finger-prick blood and test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood and sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.
Your Pancreas Cancer Screen test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood and sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood and sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.