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Tumor Marker

A tumor marker refers to a substance that is found in the blood, urine, or body tissue. It refers to mutations, changes, or patterns in the tumor's DNA. These tumor markers are also referred to as biomarkers. Tumor marker tests are performed to check if the individual has cancer.

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I have bloating and irregular periods. Is a biopsy required?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a history of ovarian cyst and partial right ovary removal nine years back. I took Sulfa drugs, tablet Toradol 25 mg and tablet Zofran. I have a history of pregnancy and breastfeeding twice. I have had a mass of 2 cm in my ovary for the past two years. It enlarged to 5.7 cm nine mont...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.From the reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it is referred to as a germ cell tumor when you were 25 years old. It is mentioned as a calcified growth, and if it is not outside the ovarian capsule, you will be fine after surgery. Provide ...  Read Full »

I am 22 weeks pregnant with 7.8 inches ovarian cyst. What can be done?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 22 weeks pregnant, and I have a 7.8 inches cyst on the right ovary. It has become big during pregnancy. Before pregnancy, it was 2.3 inches. I do not have any problem till now. I have done the tumor marker tests. Please advise. What can be done?  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Has it got increased from 2.3 inches to 7.8 inches in a few months? What does the tumor marker test report? Was the measurement appropriately done? Is this is a single cyst size? Is it a solid or fluid-filled cyst? A Dermoid cyst with multiple solid tissues could show t...  Read Full »

Does having three times more serotonin levels in a five-year-old boy indicate a carcinoid tumor?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5 years old son's serotonin level is 583 ng/mL, and the normal range is 50 to 200 ng/mL. So, we did chromogranin A blood test. It was 16, which is slightly elevated, as the normal range is 1.9 to 15. Should we be concerned and see a specialist? Please advise. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Chromogranin A level is just one marker. There are a lot of factors which may affect chromogranin A levels. It depends on the clinical suspicion of a tumor. Revert with more details of the history and radiological imaging. Revert with more information to a medical oncol...  Read Full »

My father has stomach cancer. Please help

Query: Hello doctor, My father had surgery a month back for stomach cancer bleeding tumor and in the histopathological report after surgery showed that metastatic deposits of the tumor have been found in six lymph nodes. I request you to kindly advice what would be the best possible treatment in this scen...  Read Full »


Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As seen in your reports, your father had stomach cancer, which is stage III. He will definitely need further treatment to avoid recurrence of the tumor. Usually, treatment should be started within 6 to 8 weeks. He has two options: Only chemotherapy or Chemotherap...  Read Full »

We are unable to find primary cancer tumors. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,My mother-in-law has a small cancer in the epigastric abdominal wall with adenocarcinoma, metastatic. We are carrying out further tests including PET-CT scan, endoscopy, colonoscopy, CBC, and all the CA tests, but no primary cancer was found. Now, what will I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports of your mother-in-law (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like they have not yet completed the full work up. Biopsy from the abdominal wall nodule shows metastatic adenocarcinoma. So now, they must do upper GI en...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Query: Hello doctor, A 39-year-old female patient is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is currently being treated at a hospital by an oncologist. I am attaching her reports. Please suggest a treatment.  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry to hear about the patient's condition. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Lymphoblast is an abnormal form and in leukemia, premature cells are seen in the blood in increased number. So, as the blast cells wer...  Read Full »

Please review the tumor marker test results.

Query: Hello doctor, I was just curious what your translation of this might be. I am copying this information directly from a printout of medical records which I can upload if necessary. This is the tumor marker test results of a 70 year old white male. Reports from three years ago: CEA 1.4 ng/mL AFP-tu...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post and investigations. AFP means alfa-fetoprotein. It is elevated commonly in three conditions which are: Liver cell carcinoma. Hepatitis. Germ cell tumors. You have reported two different levels, one is 18 and the other is more than...  Read Full »

I was diagnosed with a germ cell tumor. Is it cancerous?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had indigestion problems, acid reflux, headaches, and constipation for the past two months. I was diagnosed with antral gastritis by my gastroenterologist. I took endoscopy and colonoscopy. I was administered Controloc in the intravenous route. I was prescribed tablet Ganaton thrice...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Acid reflux is a common medical condition. Your doctor is right, and the symptoms are due to the side effects of tablet Ganaton 50 mg (Esomeprazole). I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) tablet Dexilant 60 ...  Read Full »

What is the difference between a cystic structure and a cyst?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis with IV contrast. The radiologist report is as follows. The findings are as follows. There is a 0.9 cm cystic structure in the uncinate process, which is new since the comparative examination with the last year scan report. This should be further ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to assist you. The term 'cystic structure' is synonymous with 'cyst'; a cyst is entirely encased by a wall. It's possible that your radiologist observed a structure resembling a cyst with indistinct walls. It's important to note that radiology alone may not p...  Read Full »

How can we treat cyst in the ovary?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 40 years female. I have a cyst with echoes in the right ovary measuring 53 x 52 mm found during ultrasound. What to do? I am taking tablet Thyronorm 150 mg.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The cyst in the right ovary is found with thick walls and shows internal echoes, with size more than 4 mm. Ideally, the differentiation is needed to be done to know whether it is endome...  Read Full »

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