Cervical cancer is screened with the Pap smear, and verified by other tests like colposcopy, biopsies, cone biopsies or LEEP. It is my understanding that the CA-125 is used to identify ovarian cancer, not cervical cancer.
Your mother in law's numbers seem high, but I don't know a lot about ovarian cancer. Is she seeing a gynecological oncologist? If not, I highly recommend she get in to see one.
Please write back and let us know how she is doing.
Sorry, I meant to say ovarian! No, she is seeing a GI doctor, she is in a small town and they are limited to physicians there. She is having fluid drained from her abdomen for the second time in ten days. She is very short of breath, and the first time they drained fluid, she lost 6lbs. that day!!
She is in no pain, the only symptom was the fluid build-up, that is what started the ball rolling with all the tests she has had. They did mention that they are looking at her pancreas, her liver has checked out fine. She has lost a great deal of blood in January of this year, and they gave her a transfusion for it at that time. They did tests then and could not find any problems. They also told her they have NOT found a mass anywhere, but he was positive it was ovarian cancer.
Any thoughts or suggestions for her? Thank you for your time. DeeDee