Korean J Pancreas Biliary Tract.  2017 Jul;22(3):114-117. 10.15279/kpba.2017.22.3.114.

Assessment of Asymptomatically Increased CA 19-9

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea. drjaihwan@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

Health care screening is becoming more popular in Korea as more people are interested in well-being and health. However, there are controversies regarding usefulness of screening. Tumor markers are frequently measured in the health care screening. As a result, many patients end up visiting physicians because of incidentally found increased levels of tumor markers. Carbohydrate antigen (CA) 19-9 is the single most useful tumor marker for pancreatic cancer. Although CA 19-9 is useful for predicting prognosis and evaluating treatment response for pancreatic cancer, CA 19-9 is less useful for screening of pancreatic cancer because of low incidence of pancreatic cancer.

Keyword

Pancreatic neoplasms; Biomarkers; Tumor; Early detection of cancer; CA 19-9 antigen

MeSH Terms

Biomarkers
Biomarkers, Tumor
CA-19-9 Antigen
Delivery of Health Care
Early Detection of Cancer
Humans
Incidence
Korea
Mass Screening
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Prognosis
Biomarkers
Biomarkers, Tumor
CA-19-9 Antigen
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