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The Male Cancer Basic Panel takes a look at three tumor maker tests that evaluate chemicals made by tumor cells vulnerable for detection in your blood.

Your blood samples may show cancer cells, proteins or other substances made by a cancer. Blood tests can help your physician understand how well your organs are functioning and if they have been affected by cancer in a type of capacity.

It is important to note that normal cells in your body also produce tumor markers. Noncancerous conditions have the ability to cause abnormal test results. Likewise, cancer could be present even though the blood test results are normal. Consult with you physician for a better understanding of what your results mean and how to determine if there is a presence of cancer, should your results indicate it.

Panel Breakdown
  • Prostate Specific Antigen - is a protein produced primarily by cells in the prostate. It is used to screen men for prostate cancer and can also help determine the necessity for a biopsy of the prostate or to monitor the effectiveness of treatment for prostate cancer
  • CA 19.9 - helps differentiate between cancer of the pancreas and other conditions. Also can monitor response to pancreatic cancer treatment and aid in watching for recurrence