Detection of thyroid cancer with tumor markers


The word marker comes from the English verb mark, which translates as "tag, mark something." A tumor marker is a generic name for a blood or urine test for traces, that is, "tags" that leave cancerous tumors in the body during nucleation, formation and growth.

This is followed by specific proteins or enzymes and their degradation products. Such proteins are produced either by the cancer itself or by the immune system as a reaction to oncological processes in the body.

Depending on the location of the tumor, different proteins can form. Accordingly, this means that tumor markers show where, possibly, a cancer tumor is located without an X-ray. That is why the analysis is used as a diagnostic method along with visual, such as ultrasound and x-rays.

Types of tumor markers and what they show

According to the standard, the varieties of tumor markers are more than 200. The most popular of them are the following:

  • PSA (prostate gland),
  • UBC (bladder),
  • SA125 (ovaries),
  • SA 15–3 (mammary gland),
  • SA 19–9 (stomach, intestines, pancreas),
  • SA 242 (intestine and pancreas),
  • HCG (ovaries, testicles, uterus),
  • AFP (cancer of the liver, gallbladder, ovaries, etc.),
  • B-2-MG (cancer of the blood and lymph nodes)
  • CEA (cancer embryonic antigen).

The brackets indicate the localization of the cancer, which is indicated by a specific tumor marker. As you can see, some point to a specific location, while others have a variability of diagnosis. Therefore, a combination of markers is often used. For example, if pancreatic cancer is suspected, SA 242 and SA 19–9 are immediately prescribed, and ovarian cancer - AFP, SA125, and hCG. But in any case, in case of deviation from the norm, complex diagnostics will be required.

When used to test for tumor markers

Assign them in the following cases:

  • if a tumor that is not visible by visual examination is suspected,
  • to control relapses,
  • at risk of malignancy,
  • if you suspect metastases,
  • for prophylactic purposes, with hereditary and other risks,
  • as part of a comprehensive diagnosis,
  • control of treatment success, with a positive outcome, the concentration will begin to decrease.

It is important to understand that a single test for thyroid tumor markers, even cross-cutting, is not enough to exclude or, conversely, confirm the presence of a tumor.

Thyroid cancer

This type of cancer is quite rare, mainly in women and the elderly. The thyroid gland is an organ that produces many vital hormones. Lack or excess of which affects growth, mental development, metabolism and general well-being. The organ is located on the front of the neck and looks like a butterfly: the two lobes are connected by a thin isthmus. Because of its location close to the surface, it is quite often found at an early stage during palpation by the patient himself, for example, when washing.

Thyroid cancer has 4 types:

  1. Papillary is about 75% among all malignant tumors in the thyroid gland. Prone to invasive invasions of neighboring organs and lymph nodes.
  2. Follicular - the second in particular type of thyroid cancer. The main reason is iodine deficiency. With this type of cancer, the tumor usually does not leave the limits of the thyroid gland.
  3. Medullary. It is very dangerous, the tumor with it practically does not accumulate radioactive iodine, which makes treatment with it ineffective.
  4. Anaplastic This type is characterized by rapid growth and brightly flowing symptoms: hoarseness, coughing up blood, wheezing when breathing, weight loss and difficulty breathing. It is less common, but most dangerous.

Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer

The following symptoms are considered signs of a tumor:

  • hoarse voice
  • sharp fluctuation in weight
  • feeling of depression and loss of physical strength,
  • pain when swallowing,
  • unexplained fever,
  • enlarged goiter

If there is at least one symptom, then you should already be concerned, and when there are two of them from this list, then you should definitely pass the diagnosis. As well as the diagnosis is regularly passed to those who have a history of the next of kin have tumors of the thyroid gland.

Diagnostic methods

The most informative diagnostic methods will be the following:

  • Thyroid ultrasound,
  • morphological examination (biopsy of a tumor fragment for cytological examination),
  • blood test for tumor markers of the thyroid gland.

But separately, none of them are used for diagnosis. If a tumor is suspected when analyzing tumor markers, an ultrasound examination is necessary to detect the tumor itself and its exact location. If detected, a morphological study will be required to determine the degree of malignancy. And only then the diagnosis is made.

A uniform increase in size indicates pathological processes in the gland. Normally, the thyroid gland in women is no more than 19 cm³ and 25 cm³ in men. A cancer is characterized by an uneven growth, as seen on an ultrasound.

Early diagnosis of the disease can save the patient's life, because at the 1st and 2nd stages, the cancer is successfully treated, and the cases of healing at the 3rd stage are rare. At the 4th stage, doctors can do little, only prolong life and alleviate suffering.

Oncomarkers informative about thyroid cancer

So which tumor marker shows thyroid cancer? These tumor markers are hormones that are produced by the gland itself, if it has a tumor or other degenerative changes. These are hormones such as calcitonin and thyroglobulin. Additionally indicates tumor growth levels of cancer-embryonic antigen or abbreviated CEA.

Thyroid tumor marker calcitonin is produced by C-cells of the thyroid gland. It is indicative of diagnosing medullary type of cancer.

Thyroglobulin is produced by epithelial cells. A blood test for thyroglobulin is indicative only for papillary and follicular cancers. In the event of a deviation from the norm, tests for the level of triiodothyronine and thyroxine (T3 and T4) will be indicative.

Each has its own specificity:

  1. The level of cancer and embryonic antigen increases at various locations of the cancer, including in the thyroid gland.
  2. The level of thyroglobulin usually increases with the recurrence of thyroid cancer.
  3. The hormone calcitonin rises in medullary thyroid cancer.

Preparation for analysis

For the most reliable results, it is recommended to fulfill the following requirements before taking the test for tumor markers of the thyroid gland:

  1. The analysis is done in the morning on an empty stomach. It is recommended to stop eating at least 8 hours before serving, but you can drink some water.
  2. 48 hours stop taking any medication and dietary supplements, alcohol.
  3. For 24 hours it is better not to eat spicy, salted and smoked.
  4. Do not overwork and do not be nervous if possible, during stress hormonal disruptions occur.
  5. For a week, stop taking hormonal drugs.

If any requirements cannot be met, then the laboratory technician should be informed about this, he will make a note. For example, refusal from regular intake of any medication is fraught with risk to life.

5 minutes before donating blood to the level of calcitonin, pentagastrin is administered to the patient for stimulation.

Tumor markers of the thyroid gland

Cancer is a global problem of the 21st century, which is growing in parallel with the development of progress. Increasingly among the population occurs thyroid cancer. One of the new methods for its diagnosis is the study of blood for tumor markers. We propose to find out what kind of analysis it is, what are tumor markers of the thyroid gland, and can you trust this test?

Indications for delivery

The number of patients who are faced with endocrine cancer is increasing every year. The causes of the disease are chronic stresses, autoimmune problems, unfavorable natural resources and other factors surrounding modern man.

The following factors are indications for testing for tumor markers for thyroid cancer:

  • psycho-emotional disorders
  • compaction, abnormal growth and tenderness in the cervical lymph nodes,
  • feeling of coma in the throat and discomfort in the neck,
  • unexplained hoarseness, loss of voice, hoarseness,
  • chronic paroxysmal cough
  • surgery for resection of thyroid tissue.

3 thyroid oncomarker (names)

In case of malignant tumors in the thyroid gland or suspicion of them, the study of antigens, considered in the following table, is scheduled.

Consider the following table of norms for the listed antigens of the thyroid gland.

Statistics show that many people take tests in private laboratories such as "Gemotest" or "Invitro", independently focusing on the norms, but this is fundamentally wrong. The fact is that blood testing for tumor markers cannot be the only method that diagnoses thyroid cancer. Therefore, an isolated analysis is simply useless.

In any case, if the test for tumor markers is passed, and its indicators deviate from the reference values ​​of the laboratory, it is necessary to consult an oncologist. The specialist will evaluate the obtained data, make their decoding and, if there are indications, direct it to additional complex diagnostics. It is important to bear in mind that in the presence of a malignant process in the body, the indicators of the analysis for tumor markers can be both within the normal range (this does happen, but rarely), and exceed the specified values ​​tenfold.


In the laboratory, the evaluation of the results of the analysis is carried out at average concentrations of the tumor marker, which was studied within 3-5 days. As a result, the following conclusions can be made:

  • man is healthy
  • the patient has malignant cells in the body that require complex examination with instrumental methods,
  • a person is sick, and he has metastases in regional lymph nodes,
  • there was a relapse of oncology,
  • formed metastatic changes of a remote nature.

Scheme for the study of tumor markers

Let us consider in more detail how the evaluation of individual antigens of the thyroid gland occurs.

Tireoglobulin (TG). This is a prohormone, which is synthesized by the cellular structures of the main endocrine organ. It is contained in the follicles of the thyroid gland and, in turn, holds thyroid hormones - thyroxin (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroglobulin exclusively produces thyroid, therefore this enzyme is its specific tumor marker.

Cancer in the thyroid gland develops very slowly, subject to the defeat of one organ. Often the malignant process extends to regional lymph nodes. Atypical changes occur in the cells of the follicles located in the thyroid tissue of the organ, with the result that thyroglobulin is actively introduced into the blood. For most patients, carcinoma in this case has a favorable outcome, that is, the disease can be successfully treated.

After surgical treatment (organ resection), thyroglobulin concentration drops sharply to zero and ideally should remain at this level until the end of the patient's days. If the amount of TG in the blood begins to grow, we can talk about the presence of metastases or the recurrence of the malignant process.

Together with the analysis of thyroglobulin, the study of antibodies to it is recommended. ABs to TG are proteins that arise in the immune system, bind to TG, preventing it from being detected in the blood.

The analysis for antibodies to thyroglobulin is prescribed in the following cases:

  • before and after resection of the thyroid gland (assesses the success of the treatment),
  • before radioiodine therapy and at the end of it,
  • search for metastases and recurrence of the malignant process.

The study of AT to TG is not informative in cases when it comes to such conditions as:

  • primary screening for thyroid cancer,
  • assessment of the functional state of the body.

What can affect the result of the analysis for the detection of thyroglobulin? False test becomes in the following cases:

  • pregnancy, breastfeeding and the neonatal period,
  • organ exposure, biopsy, mechanical injury,
  • the presence of antibodies to TH in the blood.

Thyroglobulin concentration may increase in the following conditions:

  • thyroid cancer,
  • hyperthyroidism
  • thyroiditis,
  • euthyroidism,
  • chronic iodine deficiency.

Calcitonin. This hormone is produced by C-cells, which are located among the follicles of the thyroid gland, formed by A and B-cells. The functional significance of calcitonin has not yet been studied, but in medicine its role is defined - it is a tumor marker, since it is from C-cells that endocrine organ cancer is formed. Its concentration depends on the size of the malignant neoplasm and the stage of the disease.

If the level of calcitonin is increased after the treatment (surgery or radio therapy), we are talking about the ineffectiveness of the measures taken or the presence of metastases.

The thyroid gland synthesizes a hormone in small quantities, so its normal indicators in the body should be low - no more than 5 ng / ml in women and 8 ng / ml in men. There is no lower limit for calcitonin, 0 is also a norm.

If the hormone level is elevated, an in-depth diagnostic examination of the patient is necessary. With an increase in the concentration of the antigen to the border of 100 ng / ml, it is either about the initial stage of oncology, when the tumor does not exceed 4 mm in size, or about conditions not related to cancer. If the figures are above 100 ng / ml, the probability of a malignant process in the thyroid gland is almost 100%.

Cancer embryonic antigen (CEA). This enzyme is synthesized by the embryo's tissues, growing in both its blood and the body of the expectant mother before birth, after which both of them are declining. In healthy adults and children older than one year, it can be detected in tests, but in small amounts. Therefore, it is important to be wary of situations where CEA in the blood is higher than normal. This antigen is extremely sensitive to tumors, both benign and malignant.

The study on the tumor marker CEA helps to determine the thyroid cancer in the body, the dynamics of neoplasm growth, the presence of metastases and the nature of their spread when this process is confirmed. This means that, having determined the diagnosis, you can choose the right treatment tactics and control it with the help of antigen analysis.

In addition to taking the study on CEA, it is important to pay attention to the following changes in the body:

  • a tumor that can be visually examined or palpated,
  • hyperthermic syndrome
  • cough, shortness of breath,
  • chronic fatigue,
  • loss of appetite and weight
  • night sweats,
  • unexpected increase in the number of birthmarks,
  • a tendency to bleed inexplicable nature,
  • pain of a systematic or permanent type, not relieved by analgesics,
  • prolonged healing of wound surfaces.

With these signs, an increase in CEA in almost 100% of cases indicates oncology in the body.

Reliability of the analysis result

If oncomarkers in the blood are elevated, this does not mean that we are talking about cancer. Often, the overproduction of protein agents is affected by certain conditions in the human body. Therefore, no one judges a cancer tumor for one tumor marker - a diagnosis of this kind is made after a mandatory comprehensive examination, including instrumental and laboratory diagnostic methods, the final of which is a histological examination of the tissues of a tumor sample.

False results in thyroid antigen analysis occur in the following cases:

  • pregnancy and lactation,
  • hormonal disorders,
  • liver inflammation, cirrhosis,
  • pneumonia, tuberculosis,
  • ulcerative colitis,
  • acute hemorrhoids,
  • cysts and other benign changes in the body, in particular, in the reproductive system of women,
  • bad habits - alcoholism and smoking.

All of these pathologies require treatment, as a result of which the level of tumor markers is expected to drop to normal criteria.

Preparation for testing

In order to get a reliable result of a study on tumor markers, it is important to follow all the recommendations necessary for the correct passing of the test. Requirements will be as follows:

  • analysis is done on an empty stomach in the morning,
  • 8 hours prior to blood sampling, the patient should refuse to eat, while during this time it is allowed to drink a small amount of water,
  • the day before the study it is important to follow a diet, namely, to abandon the use of harmful food - salted, pickled, smoked dishes,
  • 2 days before the analysis it is not recommended to take any medicines and dietary supplements, as well as alcoholic beverages,
  • Before taking blood, one should not physically over-exert oneself or be nervous, since hormonal shifts are possible under any stress, which can lead to a false-positive test for tumor markers.

Provided that some requirements were not met, it is necessary to inform the laboratory technician about this - he is obliged to make a note in the appropriate form for the doctor. For example, taking life-saving medications can be a good reason for non-compliance with the above rules.

Where can I get tested?

Oncomarkers for thyroid cancer can be taken in the state cancer centers or private laboratories. According to statistics, many people prefer to apply to independent diagnostic institutions, where, for a certain cost, they will receive a result in a short period of time. But this does not negate the need for a specialist to decipher the study.

So, where can I take the analysis for tumor markers in Moscow and St. Petersburg?

  • Medical Center "Healthy Capital", Moscow, st. Tverskaya, 24/2. Cost: TG - 760 rub., REA - 700 rub., Calcitonin - 950 rub.
  • Clinic "Family Doctor", Moscow, st. Baumanskaya, 58/25. Cost: TG - 720 rubles, REA - 650 rubles, calcitonin - 820 rubles.
  • Medical and diagnostic center "Ambulance", St. Petersburg, ul. Ryleeva, 3. Cost: TG - 770 rubles, REA - 750 rubles, calcitonin - 790 rubles.

In the regions of Russia, an analysis of tumor markers can be done in the network of Invitro laboratories. Consider their availability and the cost of research on the example of some cities.

  • Veliky Novgorod, st. Freedom, 23. Cost: TG - 550 rubles, REA - 545 rubles, calcitonin - 720 rubles.
  • Barnaul, st. Popova, 27. Cost: TG - 520 rubles, REA - 495 rubles, calcitonin - 750 rubles.

How are the tests done?

Which tumor markers are necessary for the study - the doctor decides. As a rule, if a malignant process in the thyroid gland is suspected, thyroglobulin and calcitonin are primarily assigned, if they are elevated, then CEA may be recommended.

The main material for the study of tumor markers is blood serum, less often - biopsy of the tumor (tissue images taken during biopsy or aspiration). The analysis is conducted against the background of mandatory preparation for it (the rules for taking the test are written above).

If the result is positive, an oncologist must be consulted in person.

How long to wait for the result?

On average, research is conducted within 3-5 days. The exact timing of the test will prompt in the laboratory.

Some diagnostic facilities offer their patients the storage of blood screening results. Due to this, it will be possible to track changes in plasma indices in the dynamics. New tests can indicate the presence or absence of a malignant process, early tumor recurrence and the spread of metastases.

All patients should understand that a positive diagnostic result does not mean thyroid cancer. Often in this body benign changes are formed, with a positive outcome of treatment. In any case, the final diagnosis is made not on the basis of elevated values ​​of tumor markers, but on the histological study.

What tumor marker shows thyroid cancer

A huge number of tumor markers may be present in the human body. However, in order to undergo diagnostics in cases of suspected oncology, it is necessary to know the name of tumor markers that show cancer in the thyroid gland. The main indicators of the presence of cancer cells in the thyroid gland of a patient are the following types of tumor markers:

In some cases, the analysis of tumor markers of the thyroid gland may determine another specific substance, the cancer embryonic antigen (CEA). In the diagnosis of oncology, the thyroid gland is rarely used, since its presence can only be detected in blood serum. The tumor marker itself may indicate not only thyroid cancer, but also oncological formations of the digestive tract.


Thyroglobulin is a protein that, in the presence of malignant tumors of the papillary and follicular types, as well as cancer recurrences, actively accumulates in the follicles of the thyroid gland.

Independently regulate the concentration of protein in the blood is impossible. Its concentration does not depend on the type and nature of nutrition of the patient, as well as his lifestyle.

The concentration of thyroglobulin is not checked in such cases:

  • The need to evaluate the performance of the thyroid gland,
  • Diagnosis of medullary thyroid cancer,
  • Diagnosis of undifferentiated thyroid oncology,
  • Diagnosis of pathological formations of other organs and body systems.

The presence of thyroglobulin in the blood indicates the active growth of a malignant tumor. Its presence in the blood after the removal of the thyroid gland indicates the presence of metastases.


Calcitonin tumor marker is a hormone that special C-cells produce to regulate the concentration of calcium in the blood. The amount of calcitonin produced is increased several times in the presence of a large medullary tumor in the thyroid gland.

Calcitonin analysis is prescribed in such cases:

  • Suspected hyperplasia of C-cells of the glandular organ,
  • To identify metastases,
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of medullary cancer therapy. The analysis is carried out in dynamics, usually once a month.

Analysis of the hormone concentration is also carried out to relatives of patients with thyroid cancer of the medullary type.

Calcitonin concentration can be determined by examining a venous biomaterial taken for a general blood test. However, in this case, there is the likelihood of significant errors in the results. Therefore, blood sampling is recommended to be carried out separately and with the obligatory holding of special stimulation:

  1. Prior to blood collection, pentagastrin is injected intravenously into the patient.
  2. After 5 minutes after the introduction of the stimulating drug, the venous biomaterial is collected.

As a result of such manipulations, in the presence of oncological processes in the patient's thyroid gland, there is a multiple, up to 20 times, increase in the concentration of calcitonin.

Cancer Fetal Antigen

The window marker of the thyroid gland, called the cancer embryonic antigen, is a glycoprotein substance with a high concentration of carbohydrates. Its production occurs in the digestive tract of the embryo and fetus. After birth, the amount of this antigen in a child is rapidly decreasing.

In the case of oncological processes in the stomach or thyroid, the concentration of CEA increases greatly. But the same effect occurs with diseases of this type:

  • Autoimmune diseases in acute or chronic form,
  • Pneumonia,
  • Tuberculosis.

In order to detect cancer formation with the help of tumor marker CEA, it is necessary to trace changes in the concentration of antigen in dynamics. In patients with thyroid cancer, there is always a rapid increase in CEA concentration.

Preparation and features of the analysis

In order for the blood test for tumor markers of the thyroid gland to give the most reliable results, it is important to properly prepare for the delivery of the biomaterial. General recommendations include:

  1. The need to exclude hormonal drugs, as well as iodine-containing agents and food additives within 7 days before the test. If the fulfillment of this condition is impossible, then it is necessary for the physician to draw up an individual and precise schedule for the use of drugs. The results will be interpreted on the basis of this treatment regimen.
  2. Filing biomaterial must be made strictly on an empty stomach. At the same time the use of plain water without any additives is allowed.
  3. The nearest meal should be carried out at least 8 hours before blood donation. Ideally, the duration of fasting before collecting the biomaterial should be 10-12 hours. That is why it is most convenient to conduct sutra analyzes. At the same time from the diet should be excluded fried, spicy, fatty and smoked food.
  4. For 3 days before donating blood, alcohol is unacceptable.
  5. During the day before blood sampling it is necessary to avoid physical and mental fatigue.
  6. 1.5 days before the test, you need to stop taking medications. In the case when it is impossible to do this, it is necessary to notify the doctor about the used drugs and their dosage.
Before testing for thyroid tumor markers, alcohol should be excluded from the diet.

The procedure for passing the analysis may differ depending on the type of tumor marker that will be determined. Exercise immediately prior to blood collection should be excluded. To determine the presence and concentration of tumor markers of the thyroid gland, the patient's venous blood is used, which is collected in the sitting or lying position of the patient's body.

If it is impossible to donate blood for analysis, it is allowed to collect urine to determine tumor markers of the thyroid gland. But at the same time, in addition to the standard recommendations for preparing for the collection of biomaterial, a ban on intimate intimacy is added 1.5 days before the procedure.

What can affect the accuracy of the result

Not always with cancer, the results of tumor markers give the correct results. The following factors may affect the reliability of the final data:

  • Recent surgery,
  • An infusion and blood transfusion,
  • Recent injections, biopsies and punctures,
  • Dialysis procedure,
  • Endoscopy
  • Conducting an oral glucose tolerance test,
  • Use of radiopaque substances
  • The use of drugs rich in iodine,
  • Recent radiation or chemotherapy
  • Frequent smoking of tobacco in large volumes. Tobacco smoking has a particularly large effect on the concentration of the tumor marker CEA,
  • Physical overstrain.
Smoking may affect the accuracy of the result.

Also, the individual characteristics of the patient's body can influence the accuracy of the results. So in 15-20% of people with oncological formations in the thyroid gland in the blood there are antibodies to thyroglobulin proteins. Because of this, before testing for tumor markers of the thyroid gland, patients need to artificially, with the help of special preparations, reduce the amount of these protein antibodies.

Norm and decoding

When testing for tumor markers of the thyroid gland, it should be borne in mind that with age their number may normally increase slightly. In this case, the person will be completely healthy. Also, an increase in their concentration is possible in the presence of inflammatory or infectious processes.

Normal indicators of tumor markers of the thyroid gland CEA are up to 5 ng / ml. A slight increase in this indicator within 5-8 ng / mg is considered a borderline state and indicates the presence of any pathological processes in the human body. An increase in the level of CEA above 8 ng / ml indicates the presence of cancer in the thyroid gland, rectum or colon, stomach, pancreas, ovaries or in the mammary glands.

The normal level of thyroglobulin protein, after the procedure for removing the thyroid gland, should be zero. Otherwise, if the analysis shows the presence of thyroglobulin in the body, this may mean the presence of metastases, which produced cancer on other organs, or incomplete removal of the glandular organ.

In the analysis of blood concentration of calcitonin tumor marker, it is necessary to take into account the gender of the patient. So the norm of the hormone for men is 8.4 ng / ml. In women, calcitonin concentration is normal to 5 ng / ml. However, this indicator is considered a sign of the absence of oncology only in non-smoking patients. For people with tobacco dependence, this figure can be 5.1 ng / ml. However, in 1% of patients, calcitonin levels up to 10 ng / ml are normal and do not indicate the presence of oncology.

Waiting time results

The duration of waiting for the results of the blood test for thyroid tumor markers depends on the type and workload of the laboratory. In most cases, it takes 1-3 days from the moment the biomaterial is collected until the results are obtained, without taking into account the manipulations.

In some cases, it is possible to conduct an urgent analysis, the results of which are ready within a few hours after blood collection

Who is shown the study

The development of thyroid cancer at an early stage is asymptomatic. Therefore, people from the risk group should first be examined, which include:

  • having hereditary predisposition,
  • iodine deficient
  • seniors
  • exposed to radiation.

In the later stages of cancer, the following symptoms appear:

  • the presence of a nodule in an organ with a diameter greater than 1 mm,
  • sore throat and neck,
  • hoarseness, hoarseness,
  • a lump in the throat when swallowing,
  • enlarged cervical lymph nodes.

In the presence of these symptoms, an OM study is conducted. What are the tumor markers of the thyroid gland called? These include CEA, thyreoglobulin and calcitonin. To confirm the diagnosis with increasing levels of OM, a biopsy of education, scintigraphy, and ultrasound are performed. In the future, shows CT or MRI.

Tumor markers in thyroid cancer

Classic OM produces a cancer cell. Some of them gradually penetrate the blood, where they are found during the study. In the blood, it is also possible to determine their concentration, which depends on the malignancy of the process and the stage of the cancer. All this concerns the largest glandular organ of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland. What are the indications for this study:

  • suspected thyroid cancer,
  • the rapid growth of the node in the thyroid gland and the change in its structure,
  • checking for recurrence of cancer after removal of thyroid,
  • monitoring the effectiveness of anticancer therapy.

What are tumor markers of the thyroid gland to date?

The names of tumor markers on the thyroid gland:

It helps to suspect thyroid cancer to determine the level of the tumor marker CEA. CEA is produced only in the tissues of the embryo and fetus and is normally found only in the serum of the fetus. A healthy person does not have CEA in the blood. If cancer begins to develop in any organ, including the thyroid gland, the concentration of CEA increases, which most likely indicates the development of an oncological process.

However, CEA also appears during the acute form of the inflammatory process in patients with autoimmune inflammatory diseases, pneumonia, tuberculosis, etc. Therefore, not only the presence of CEA in the blood, but also the rate of its growth carries important information. In cancer, its growth rate is much higher than in inflammatory diseases. You should also not smoke before taking the analysis on CEA, as in small concentrations the marker is present in the blood of smokers.

Normally, the concentration of CEA in non-smokers should not be higher than 2.5 ng / ml. Smokers REA can be determined 5ng / ml. If his level is higher, you can think about oncology.

The name of the second tumor marker of the thyroid gland - TG, thyroglobulin. It shows that there are thyroid cells in the human body. Thyroglobulin is an organ-specific tumor marker, no other organ in the body produces it anymore. Especially important is the level of TH after removal of the thyroid gland. In this case, it should not be in the blood at all. If it is found after the removal of an organ, then there is a tumor metastasis. In healthy men and women with a healthy thyroid, its level should not exceed 20mg / l. Thyroglobulin level is not particularly important for cancer screening.

Simultaneously with the analysis of thyroglobulin, a study of antibodies to it is carried out, which can hide the presence of the protein itself. AT TG - specific proteins synthesized in the immune system that bind to TG and hide its presence in the blood.

One more tumor marker of the thyroid gland - calcitonin. It is important for the diagnosis of medullary cancer. The concentration of calcitonin in the blood is directly dependent on the severity of the cancer process. Calcitonin is synthesized by C-thyroid cells, which mutate during the development of medullary cancer, which is manifested by an excess production of calcitonin. Oncomarker calcitonin of the thyroid gland in men transcript normally - up to 8.4 ng / l, for women - up to 5 ng / l. Its elevated level after surgery (above 10ng / l) indicates the presence of metastases. The definition of both calcitonin and CEA increases the reliability of the study. When testing for calcitonin, it is important to stop exercising during the previous day, because they have the ability to reduce its level.

Also, with medullary carcinoma, the level of neuron-specific enolase (NSE) increases.

Pros and cons of research

Blood test for OM of the thyroid gland is widely used in diagnosis because of its informativeness and simplicity. The purpose of this study is to diagnose cancer at the initial stages, since the earlier the diagnosis of the oncological process is revealed, the greater the chances for the patient to recover.

The study is conducted in conventional laboratories often by ELISA, the data obtained allow us to determine the stage of the process. Специальной подготовки не требуется, нужно прийти с утра в лабораторию и сдать кровь.Therefore, this analysis is widely used as a screening method for diagnosing oncological formations (many people can be examined in a short time). The advantages of the method include:

  • simplicity - to come and pass (OM are given strictly on an empty stomach),
  • the ability to suspect the presence of a tumor at the initial stage, when it is not yet detected by other diagnostic tools.

However, there is a method and the main drawback - low sensitivity. Based on the study, it is impossible to make a reliable diagnosis 100%, since it is auxiliary among other diagnostic methods - instrumental and laboratory. Although the sensitivity of OM of the thyroid gland exceeds 80%, however, this value refers to the late stages of the pathology. In the early asymptomatic stages, while therapy may be as effective as possible, the sensitivity of OM will rarely reach 50%. However, in high-risk groups in oncology and in patients with suitable symptoms, the use of OM makes it possible to detect cancer early enough.

Much more important are the levels of OM for monitoring the course of the disease during remission. During this period, OMs are dealt regularly. With negative values ​​of relapse is not observed, while an increase in levels indicates a relapse, the symptoms of which can be seen only after 3-6 months. OM indicators are also important for evaluating the effectiveness of treatment. Regression of the tumor is accompanied by a decrease in the level of OM in the serum, and the absence of changes or an increase in the concentration of OM shows the resistance of the formation to therapy and indicates the need to revise its tactics.

Thyroid tumor marker

Thanks to oncomarkers, it is possible to detect the presence of malignant tumors in the thyroid gland or in other organs and tissues of the body. Statistics says that the number of cancer patients is increasing every year, so in today's world it is difficult to overestimate the importance of a tumor marker as a diagnostic method. It is possible to detect pathological oncoprocesses in any person, regardless of gender, age. Timely diagnosis prevents the recurrence of thyroid disease, significantly increases the patient's chances of recovery, and prevents the possibility of death.

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Who needs to be diagnosed?

Cancer cancer of the thyroid gland, it is advisable to identify all people for periodic monitoring of their health, in case of development of cancer pathologies - the beginning of treatment in the early stages of the disease. It is especially important to conduct oncodiagnosis for people with a genetic predisposition to oncology.

The risk of developing cancer is exposed to people who fall under the influence of the following factors:

  • poor ecology,
  • stresses
  • smoking, alcohol abuse,
  • work in production, accompanied by the release of harmful substances,
  • the presence of chronic illnesses that usually lead to cancer diseases.

Background for the analysis of thyroid tumor markers

The analysis for tumor markers in the postoperative period is able to detect the recurrence of the disease in advance.

Diagnosis by examining the status of tumor markers is appropriate under the following conditions:

  • suspected cancer in the body,
  • the presence of a tumor - to determine its malignancy or benignity,
  • identifying the location of the tumor,
  • determination of the effectiveness of the treatment course,
  • monitoring the patient's condition after radical therapy, early diagnosis of possible occurrences of tumors.

After an operation to remove a tumor, a radical treatment, regular research and monitoring of tumor markers can reveal possible recurrences of the disease several months before the first clinical symptoms appear.

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Types of tumor markers

The most common tumor markers for terioglobulin and calcitonin.

Malignant cells, of which the tumor itself consists, produce two types of substances indicative of thyroid cancer:

Thyroglobulin oncomarker confirms that the gland undergoes pathological processes - a suspicion of papillary and follicular cancer. The tumor marker also reveals in patients with an extraordinary thyroid gland. If the level of thyroglobulin is 10 ng / ml or more, this confirms the recurrence of cancer or indicates the presence of overgrown metastases.

An increased amount of calcitonin is a sign of tumor development in medullary thyroid cancer. The higher the level of this substance - the larger the malignancy. An excessively large concentration of calcitonin indicates the development of metastases.

A predisposition to this type of cancer can be genetically inherited, so the study of calcitonin levels can be carried out as a screening test for blood relatives.

In addition to the two described, there are less common tumor markers produced by the gland - CEA, galectin-3. In the blood serum, these elements are hardly distinguishable from thyroglobulin if the tumor is benign. But in the presence of a malignant tumor, their level changes significantly.

Preparation for the delivery of analysis for tumor markers

Compliance with some of the recommendations will prevent the risk of possible inaccuracies in the analyzes, bring the indications closer to the most reliable value.

Before testing for thyroid tumor markers, you should:

  • donate blood on an empty stomach - only drinking plain plain water is allowed,
  • during the day before delivery refuse heavy food, alcohol,
  • do not overload the body with physical work - for 24 hours, ensure complete rest,
  • It is forbidden to eat eight hours before testing,
  • if you are taking medications, in the direction of the tests, specify the name of the drug and the dose,
  • One week before the tests, stop taking iodine-containing and hormone-containing drugs. If you cannot take a break in medication, consult an endocrinologist for a special treatment regimen for this period.

Types of thyroid tumor markers

Which thyroid tumor markers are more beneficial than others? Even experts will not list their names.

It is preferable to evaluate the overall picture of the disease, getting its individual parameters.

Otherwise, the effective combination will be incomplete, so it will not be possible to choose the most effective treatment.

What types need to highlight?

If the question arises, what is the name of the tumor marker of the thyroid gland, you should turn to two main substances.

The remaining indicators are considered additional, so their assessment is used exclusively for long-term treatment or rehabilitation after surgery to remove the affected thyroid gland.

Oncomarkers - the only indicator in the analysis

Before treatment, specialists have to carry out a variety of examinations, but only tumor markers for thyroid cancer give the most complete information.

Through them, it is possible to consider even the initial stage of the disease, as well as the location of infected cells. After that, the tumor can be easily removed without making mistakes.

A tumor marker for thyroid cancer will tell you exactly where the lesions are located, and also indicate the possibility of their removal.

The preliminary introduction of radioisotopes allows us to observe the movement of substances in the cells with each analysis.

Moreover, such actions remain useful during the treatment, and during rehabilitation.

The tumor marker of the thyroid gland calcitonin is part of a complex examination. Using them, experts can identify the true lesion.

Based on this information, reliable methods of treatment and subsequent recovery of each patient are indicated.


Every year, most people take a test for a tumor marker of the thyroid gland. This is due to the growing number of cases of diseases associated with the work of the endocrine system.

Thyroid diseases are observed in people of all ages, and the main trigger factors for their development are poor quality of life, poor living conditions and working in harmful conditions.


Testing for tumor markers is necessary once a year to examine the thyroid gland to monitor its degree of efficiency.

To cause dysfunction and the development of pathological processes in it can:

  • bad ecology,
  • living in areas with high radiation,
  • genetic predisposition
  • bad habits.

People at risk should undergo regular diagnosis and, if necessary, timely treatment of diseases of the thyroid gland. In most cases, the neoplasms are benign, but any violations should be treated anyway.

Diagnosis of the thyroid gland is carried out by several studies:

  1. Feeling thyroid and examination by a specialist.
  2. Ultrasound examination. A treating physician or a specialist can write a referral to a study if a pathology is suspected.
  3. Laboratory studies of urine and blood. Thyroid tumor markers with the development of tumors in it are of two types — thyreoglobulin and calcitonin.

After all the tests and their results, the doctor can immediately confirm or deny the presence of tumors.

In order for the study's answers to be reliable, the patient should follow certain rules before passing the analysis:

  1. The material should be taken on an empty stomach (8 hours before the procedure you can not eat).
  2. The day before the delivery of biological material to exclude from the diet fatty and spicy foods, as well as alcoholic beverages.
  3. Stop taking hormones and tell the doctor the name of the drug used. It is necessary to refuse hormone therapy 7 days before the procedure.

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Oncomarker on the thyroid gland title

As medical statistics show, the number of thyroid cancer cases is increasing every year. In this regard, the analysis of the tumor marker of the thyroid gland is becoming increasingly popular. The disease is diagnosed in different age groups, the effectiveness of treatment depends on the time of pathology detection.

What tumor markers determine

Oncomarker is a protein produced by cancer (sometimes healthy) cells. It can be detected in the urine or blood. In thyroid cancer, the following tumor markers are distinguished:

thyreoglobulin, calcitonin, cancer-fetal antigen (CEA).

Thyroglobulin is a protein that accumulates in the follicles of the thyroid gland. It is a marker of recurrence of malignant tumors.

CEA is a tumor marker of increasing embryonic protein, the concentration of which increases with thyroid cancer or gastrointestinal tract. Determined only in serum.

Calcitonin is a tumor marker detected in the patient’s blood or urine. Used in the diagnosis of medullary cancer. The concentration of calcitonin is directly proportional to the size of the formation and the stage of the pathological process.

Read more about thyroglobulin

Thyroglobulin (TG, Tg, thyroglobulin) is a prohormone formed by epithelial thyroid cells. Contained in the follicles of the gland and holds hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

Tireoglobulin is produced only by the thyroid gland, no other organs synthesize it.

Papillary thyroid cancer develops slowly and affects one lobe of the organ. When it often affects the cervical lymph nodes. Many patients with this form of cancer can be cured safely.

Follicular cancer ranks second in thyroid cancer. Often recorded in countries where there is a lack of iodine in food. A feature of the disease is that the pathological process does not extend beyond the gland.

Both forms of cancer account for 95% of all thyroid tumors. They develop as a result of changes in the cells of the follicles, which is why Tg begins to actively be released into the blood.

After thyroidectomy (complete removal of the gland), the Tg level drops to zero and remains so throughout the life of the patient. An increase in thyroglobulin indicates a disease recurrence or metastasis. Normally, the Tg level is up to 59 ng / ml.

It must be remembered that a blood test for Tg is not a method for diagnosing thyroid cancer. It only shows the presence of gland tissue in the body. Tireoglobulin is detected as long as organ tissue is present in the body.

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Together with the analysis on Tg, a study of thyroglobulin antibodies is conducted, which can hide the presence of the protein itself. Antibodies to Tg - proteins that arise in the immune system, bind to Tg and prevent its detection in the blood.

Indications for analysis:

detection of recurrence or metastasis of cancer after thyroidectomy, before and after removal of the thyroid gland (to assess the success of treatment), before and after radioiodine therapy, the presence of metastases in the bones and lungs with an unknown cause.

The analysis is not carried out in the following cases:

evaluation of the functional state of the gland; screening for thyroid cancer; diagnosis of medullary or undiferinated cancer.

After treatment of thyroid cancer, TSH analysis is performed along with Tg analysis. The analysis is appointed at least three to four days after surgery.

Factors affecting the analysis result:

Tg concentration increased in pregnant women and newborns, gland irradiation, biopsy, injury, the presence of antibodies to Tg (reduced concentration).

The Tg level increases with papillary and follicular thyroid cancer.

Increased Tg concentration in non-neoplastic pathologies:

hyperthyroidism, euthyroid goiter, thyroiditis, iodopenia.

A negative Tg result is not proof that there is no oncology.

General rules for analysis

Which tumor markers need to pass the thyroid gland, the doctor determines.Usually, the direction for both specific tumor markers (Tg and calcitonin) is written out. To identify tumor markers you need to come to the oncologic dispensary.

If the result is positive, consult an oncologist, who will prescribe additional research and treatment.

Examination material is serum or cell aspirate formation.

Blood is passed on an empty stomach (eight hours before meals). The day before the analysis, you need to stop taking fried and fatty foods, alcohol and drugs. Hormonal medication should be discontinued a week before the study. If this is not possible, the names of the drugs are communicated to the doctor.

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Thyroid tumor markers are special substances (mainly proteins) that are produced by the body in response to the development of the disease, or the cancer itself. Tumor markers can be detected in the blood, urine and cancerous tissues.

It is worth noting that the detection of markers in the analyzes can be associated not only with cancer, but also indicate hormonal abnormalities.

The main markers of thyroid cancer are calcitonin and thyrotropin.

Malignant tumor of the thyroid gland: 4 main types

Thyroid cancer is an oncological disease in which malignant cells infect healthy organ tissues. Four types of thyroid cancer are distinguished:

follicular, papillary, medullary, anaplastic.

The two most common types of cancer (follicular and papillary) are considered the least dangerous. Subject to the patient receiving appropriate timely treatment, the survival rate is more than 97%.

The most effective treatment of these types of cancer: complete removal of a malignant tumor, or resection of the affected area of ​​the thyroid gland.

Medullary type of thyroid cancer is diagnosed much less frequently and has a negative prognosis.

Malignant tumors tend to spread to lymph nodes and require more surgical treatment than papillary and follicular type of cancer.

The least common type of thyroid cancer is anaplastic. This type of cancer is practically incurable and has a very poor prognosis for survival.

Surgery to cure anaplastic cancer is not effective, so supportive therapy is prescribed to patients.

Symptoms of thyroid cancer

Cancer of the thyroid gland has quite noticeable signs and symptoms that can be noticed without referring to a specialist.

A fast-growing lump in the neck is the main sign of thyroid cancer. Other symptoms that indicate that an oncologist should be urgently requested:

nodules in the thyroid region, persistent cough, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, pain in the front of the throat, hoarseness.

If the symptoms are ignored, the tumor will grow, and the risk of mortality will increase tenfold.

Analysis of thyroglobulin and its interpretation

The thyroglobulin test is effective in detecting papillary and follicular types of cancer. The remaining types of cancer do not provoke the production of this protein.

The analysis of thyroglobulin can be prescribed after completion of treatment in order to determine the effectiveness of the procedures performed.

A blood test for thyroglobulin is also performed after the operation in order to make sure that the tumor has not allowed metastasis.

It is impossible to regulate the level of thyroglobulin on your own through proper nutrition or a healthy lifestyle. The presence of thyroglobulin in the blood indicates that the tumor has already developed in the gland.

In a healthy person, thyroglobulin level is:

Immediately after surgery to remove the tumor, the TG level may slightly exceed the standard value. But if, when re-testing blood, thyroglobulin is still present in the body in large quantities, this indicates the presence of metastasis in the human body.

Blood test for calcitonin and its transcript

The second tumor marker of the thyroid gland is calcitonin. This is a hormone that is produced using specific C-cells. Calcitonin directly affects the regulation of calcium levels in the blood.

When a medullary type of thyroid cancer occurs, the level of calcitonin production increases several times.

Since medullary cancer can spread beyond the thyroid, it is necessary to begin treatment as soon as possible.

In 25% of cases, cancer is associated with a hereditary RET gene mutation. In most cases, the hereditary form of cancer occurs at an early age.

Calcitonin analysis can be administered in combination with normal blood from a vein. But the results of such a test may not be accurate.

Therefore, blood sampling for accurate analysis of calcitonin is carried out after stimulation. To stimulate the production of calcitonin, the patient is injected intravenously with an injection of pentagastrin.

After 5 minutes, the stimulation effect will be achieved. Patients with a malignant thyroid tumor will experience a significant increase in the level of calcitonin (almost 20 times).

The analysis with calcitonin stimulation can be prescribed in the event that the results of the general blood test were contradictory.

After the diagnosis and determination of the type of thyroid gland, calcitonin will need to be tested monthly to monitor the effectiveness of treatment and to avoid the occurrence of recurrences.

Normal levels of calcitonin in a healthy person: up to 8 pg / ml.

A low level of calcitonin is not considered an anomaly and indicates a possible hormonal failure.

Increased concentration of calcitonin in the blood is caused by the development of the medullary type of thyroid cancer. However, for final diagnosis, the doctor will prescribe a thyroid biopsy, CT and ultrasound.

The best way to get rid of medullary cancer -

removal of a malignant tumor.

If the operation was successful - the level of calcitonin reaches the standard values ​​within a few days after the operation.

In some patients, immediately after surgery, the rate of calcitonin does not exceed the standard value, but after a few weeks a blood test reveals an abnormally large amount of the hormone.

This means that the body has malignant tissue. In this case, a course of radiation or radiotherapy.

If the level of calcitonin continues to grow, then it is likely that doctors will diagnose a relapse of the disease.

Thanks to oncomarkers, it is possible to detect the presence of malignant tumors in the thyroid gland or in other organs and tissues of the body. Statistics says that the number of cancer patients is increasing every year, so in today's world it is difficult to overestimate the importance of a tumor marker as a diagnostic method. It is possible to detect pathological oncoprocesses in any person, regardless of gender, age. Timely diagnosis prevents the recurrence of thyroid disease, significantly increases the patient's chances of recovery, and prevents the possibility of death.

Names of tumor markers of the thyroid gland

To diagnose thyroid cancer in a patient, doctors use several types of tumor markers:

  • Tireoglobulin - in people affected by thyroid cancer, the concentration of this substance increases dramatically. Systematic checks can help in the timely diagnosis of the disease both in the early stages of development and in the more advanced stages of the disease with metastasis begun. If the result of the analysis does not exceed 10-11 ng / ml, one can reason about the full rate.
  • Calcitonin, this tumor marker of the thyroid gland, is used to detect a medullary type of tumor. Its level in blood tests varies depending on the magnitude of the malignant neoplasm in the process of its development. Thanks to calcitonin, surgeons can identify residues of altered cells or distant foci of metastasis after surgery. With incomplete removal of the tumor, the analysis will be slightly overestimated, and if in the dynamics of the tumor marker level will increase, you can talk about a relapse.

In addition to the above tumor markers, there are less popular tests for the detection of thyroid cancer. CEA and galactin-3 help detect malignant cells no worse than thyroglobulin. These proteins are the same, practically no different in patients with thyroid oncology. The only difference is that during the flushings they show a huge difference, therefore thyroglobulin is considered more informative.

False Results

The presence of a high concentration of tumor markers does not mean that the person is ill with thyroid cancer. Quite often, some changes in the human body affect additional protein synthesis. For this reason, the final diagnosis of oncology is always established after passing an additional examination. The exact form and stage of the cancer will be able to establish a biopsy.

Oncomarkers can give a false result in the following cases:

  • Inflammation of the liver.
  • Hormonal imbalance.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Bad habits.
  • Ulcerative colitis.
  • Cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Acute hemorrhoids.

False results can be detected if there are benign tumors or cysts. These pathologies are more amenable to treatment, and do not require urgent intervention.

Indications for tumor marker test

Often, patients who visit a doctor and suspect a thyroid gland tumor, wish to undergo certain diagnostic studies, which cannot be called a reasonable action.

The specialist decides what and when he should investigate and verify. Such a decision largely depends on the clinical picture of the disease, which is suspected in the first place.

Symptoms of thyroid cancer:

  1. Soreness in the area of ​​localization of the thyroid gland (constant discomfort, feeling of "coma in the throat").
  2. The growth of lymph nodes in the neck (especially the submandibular nodes).
  3. Hoarseness or loss of it (aphonia).
  4. Detection of nodules, heterogeneous seals in the cavity of the thyroid gland.
  5. Constantly harassing cough for no apparent reason.
  6. Dyspnea.
  7. Dysfunction of the intestine, cardiovascular system.
  8. CNS disorders (attacks of aggression, apathy, depression).

Blood donation to determine the level of tumor markers is carried out in one of the following cases:

  • To confirm or refute the diagnosis - thyroid cancer.
  • The rapid increase in the volume of thyroid nodes, with a change in their consistency.
  • Control, after total resection of the thyroid gland.
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness and control of anti-cancer therapy.
  • Prediction of the clinical course of pathology, the formation of a likely scenario of metastasis.
  • A test to check the onset of recurrence of thyroid cancer.

Where can I check oncomarker?

A tumor marker on the thyroid gland can be taken in a private laboratory or in state cancer centers. Often, people apply for this service in independent laboratories, which for a fee, give the final result for a short time. However, to get a transcript and advice oncologist, it is better to contact the state institution.

The cost of the procedure in different places varies. After the analysis and decoding of the doctor, additional examination may be required, consisting of ultrasound, MRI and other instrumental techniques, which are also available in private and public clinics.

What is a thyroid cancer?

Thyroid cancer is an oncological disease that occurs with the formation of a malignant tumor in the thyroid region, starting its growth and development from follicular, medullary or papillary cells of the organ.

Schematically shows how a thyroid cancer looks.

Most of these formations belong to differentiated tumors - consisting of virtually unchanged cells of the organ. The classification of oncology of the thyroid gland divides the disease into 4 types:

  1. Papillary carcinoma - about 80% of all cases of thyroid cancer are affected by this type. It grows slowly and affects only 1 organ fraction. It has the highest survival rates.
  2. Follicular carcinoma - 10% of all cases, especially often it is diagnosed in regions where iodine deficiency is observed. Does not affect the lymph nodes, but often affects the lungs and bones. Projections are not as favorable as in the case of papillary thyroid cancer, but with the timely start of treatment, follicular carcinoma is completely treatable.
  3. Medullary carcinoma - it is diagnosed in 6% of cases. It originates from glandular cells that synthesize the hormone calcitonin. Metastasizes to many organs, which often happens before the time of diagnosis. Forecasts are unfavorable.
  4. Anaplastic carcinoma is the rarest form of thyroid cancer, the frequency of which is only 2-4%. This is an undifferentiated type of tumor, the cells of which are not detected. Symptoms of anaplastic-type thyroid cancer develop almost immediately, the tumor grows and metastasizes rapidly, which prevents effective treatment.

Blood donation for thyroid tumor markers suggests that the patient has an oncological process. Before donating blood, do not ignore medical appointments concerning the preparation and arrival time in the laboratory.

The results of the analysis should be interpreted by the attending physician. Based on the study of tumor markers only, no diagnosis is made. This analysis is auxiliary and is carried out in conjunction with instrumental diagnostics.

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