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How reliable is the CA125?

How reliable is the CA125?

While the CA125 blood test is useful for diagnosing and monitoring people with ovarian cancer, 25% of ​patients with ovarian cancers will have a normal CA125 level. Therefore, the CA125 test alone is not an accurate diagnostic tool ​and primary care professionals...

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Are bone metastases visible on an X-ray?

Are bone metastases visible on an X-ray?

The most common site of secondary breast cancer is the bone. While breast cancer can metastasise to any bone, the most commonly affected areas are the: spine ribs skull pelvis upper bones of the arms and legs. Bone metastases may be picked up on a plain film X-ray,...

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5 tips to treat infection and lymphoedema

5 tips to treat infection and lymphoedema

Lymphoedema may affect one or more limbs and corresponding quadrants of the trunk, face, breast and genitals. GatewayC’s Managing Physical Effects course provides guidance on how to treat infection and lymphoedema. This includes guidance on: Dosage of oral amoxicillin...

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Cancer Keys: False negative chest X-rays

Cancer Keys: False negative chest X-rays

False negative chest X-rays The main investigation for suspected lung cancer in primary care is a chest X-ray. However, reports show that some patients with normal chest X-rays still transpire to have lung cancer. Potential pitfall Although most large lung cancers can...

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Cancer Keys: Sudden onset diabetes

Cancer Keys: Sudden onset diabetes

Sudden onset diabetes Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can often be vague; however sudden onset diabetes can be a potential indicator of the disease. Potential pitfall Diabetes, especially Type 2, is common among the general population. However, consideration should be...

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