Elevation of serum CA 125 prior to diagnosis of an epithelial ovarian carcinoma

Gynecol Oncol. 1985 Sep;22(1):115-20. doi: 10.1016/0090-8258(85)90015-0.


In a single fortuitous case it has been possible to measure serum levels of CA 125 during 3 years preceding the diagnosis of an epithelial ovarian carcinoma. CA 125 levels were elevated 10-12 months prior to clinical detection of the malignancy. CA 125 deserves further evaluation as a marker for early detection of ovarian cancer.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Agammaglobulinemia / immunology
  • Antigens, Neoplasm / analysis*
  • Antigens, Tumor-Associated, Carbohydrate
  • Epitopes / analysis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / immunology*
  • Time Factors


  • Antigens, Neoplasm
  • Antigens, Tumor-Associated, Carbohydrate
  • Epitopes