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A 63 yo Caucasian man has a PSA of 5.2 on routine physical exam. DRE reveals a smooth enlarged prostate w/out focal nodulatrity. What do you recommend as further work up? Diagnosis?

%free PSA is 28% suggesting he has a 16-25% probability of cancer

Dx: Prostate bx


How do you explain rising PSA in patients with a UTI?

PSA peaks until UTI is treated


What pre-analytical factors affect PSA?

1. Biologic variation
- total PSA 6-30%
- free PSA 13-15%
- %fPSA 8-15%
2. Prostate manipulation
- DRE delay 1 wk
- needle bx has 5-50xincrase, wait 6 weeks
- ejaculation - abstain 24-48 hours
3. Exercise (avoid biking)
4. Prostatitis (significant increase - treat with 4-6 wks with abx)
5. Drugs (Finasteride for treatment of BPH: 50% decrease of PSA)


What is the purpose of a PCA3 assay?

aid in clinical decisions for when to re‐biopsy patients previously biopsy‐ negative for prostate cancer


Should the PCA3 assay be used?

clinical validity is INADEQUATE to inform decisions on when to REBIOPSY previously biopsy negative pts for prostate cancer or to inform initial decisions on whether to biopsy.

Does not help in determining whether it is indolent or aggressive.


A pt with known HCC who is a carrier of HBV has AFP conc which are high but stable in the 1000s. On most recent visit his AFP is 58.

What is the high dose hook (prozone) effect? How do you identify this effect?

• This is due to the excess amount of antigen biding to either capture or labeled antibody and prevent the formation of the “sandwich” complex.

• How to identify high dose hook effect ?

Assay specimens at TWO dilutions


When should you use CA125?

indicated as a ONE TIME TEST for use as an aid in the detection of RESIDUAL OVARIAN CARCINOMA in patients who have UNDERGONE FIRST LINE THERAPY and would be considered for diagnostic second‐look procedures

Interpretation: At the time of second look, surgical procedures might be deferred in patients with CA125 levels which remain in the normal range.


An assay value greater than _____ is indicative of residual disease

35 U/mL


What causes elevation of CA125 in non-cancer conditions?

– Menstruation
– First trimester of pregnancy
– Congestive heart failure
– Tuberculosis
– Liver cirrhosis
– Uterine myofibroma
– Benign ovarian tumors
– Endometriosis


What causes elevation of CA125 in non-gyn cancers?

– Liver cancer
– Lung cancer
– Breast cancer
– Pancreatic cancer


What percent of healthy subjects have CA125 levels greater than 35U/mL?



What is HE4 used for?

monitor recurrence or progressive disease in pts with epithelial ovarian cancer

elevated less frequently than CA125 in benign disease so its BETTER


Where does HE4 come from?

normally expressed in many tissues including the female reproductive tract


What is the ROMA algorithm?

ROMATM (HE4 + CA125)


What is ROMA used for?

ROMA is used to startify woman into LIKELIHOOD groups for finding cancer on surgery

it should only be used as an ADJUNCT test


What is OVA1 algorithm?

OVA1TM: CA125 + Prealbumin + Apolipoprotein A‐1 + β2‐ microglobulin + Transferrin


What is OVA1 used for? Who is the intended pt population?

Intended use: to further assess the likelihood that malignancy is present when the physician’s independent clinical and radiological evaluation does not indicate malignancy.

Intended patient population: women over age 18 with ovarian adnexal mass present, for which surgery is planned, and not yet referred to an gynecologic oncologist (GO).