CEA or carcinoembryonic antigen test is a simple blood test to measure the protein called CEA in the blood. The test is usually conducted to check if the patient has chances of developing cancer. The Level of CEA protein may be increased in certain types of cancerous and non- cancerous conditions.
Why get tested?
The test is conducted to check if the patient is suffering from cancer or not.
This test includes
CEA Carcino Embryonic Antigen Body Fluid
The patients are advised to inform the doctor about their present health status and any on-going medical treatment.
The patients should also inform the doctor about any medicines or herbal products he/she has been consuming as the medicines may interfere with the test results.
Patients are also advised to inform the doctor about any allergies they suffer from.
In case the test results are inconclusive, the doctor may ask the patient to undergo other follow up tests.
Do not smoke or drink alcohol prior to undergoing the test.
The patients are also advised to wear loose-fitting clothes or half sleeved t-shirts so that it is easy for the lab technician to draw blood.
Frequently asked questions
Q.What is the time required for the CEA test?
The collection of a blood sample usually takes 15-20 minutes. The reports of the test may arrive within 24 to 36 hour.
Q.How often is CEA blood test performed?
The test is usually used as a diagnostic measure for cancer but other tests may also be prescribed to confirm the results. This is because the variation in CEA levels may result due to some other medical conditions as well.
The test may also be conducted for monitoring ongoing cancer treatment. Therefore, the frequency of the test may depend upon the condition of the patient and as prescribed by the doctor.