Raised CA125 – what is the next step for primary care?

10th March 2022

If a patient is sent for an CA125 test and the results show a raised level of 35 IU/ml or greater, an urgent transabdominal/transvaginal ultrasound should be arranged within two weeks. Arranging a transvaginal ultrasound is the gold standard, but this is not always possible.

To learn more, access GatewayC’s ‘Ovarian Cancer – Early Diagnosis’ course. This course aims to support healthcare professionals to recognise symptoms, understand genetic risk factors and comprehend essential investigations.

Please note: although NICE NG12 guidance currently states that primary care should measure serum CA125, then arrange an ultrasound scan, in practice both investigations are often organised at the same time.

Find out more:

  • Access GatewayC’s ‘Ovarian Cancer – Early Diagnosis’ course here
  • Read NICE NG12 guidance here
  • Watch GatewayC Live’s webinar recording on Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer here
  • Read Ovarian Cancer Action’s guide for primary care here

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