The possible role of tumor antigen CA 15-3, CEA and ferritin in malignant and benign disease

Authors

  • Nafija Serdarević Department of biochemistry, Clinical Center University of Sarajevo, Bolnicka 25, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Faculty of health sciences, University of Sarajevo, Zmaja od Bosne 33, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Samira Mehanović Faculty of health sciences, University of Sarajevo, Zmaja od Bosne 33, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17532/jhsci.2012.52

Keywords:

CA15-3, CEA and ferritin

Abstract

Introduction: Serum CA15-3 has been one of the most reliable tumor markers used in monitoring of breast cancer patients. To increase its sensitivity, the combined measurement of other tumor markers (CEA and ferritin) with CA15-3 was investigated. The aim of this study was determination of CA 15-3, CEA and ferritin in female patients with breast cancer, lung cancer and mastitis
Methods: 300 patients with carcinoma, hospitalized at Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Department for Oncology at the University Clinics Center of Sarajevo and 200 healthy subjects were compared.
Results: In patients with breast cancer the mean value of tumor markers were CEA 155.61 ng/mL, CA 15-3 106.38 U/mL and ferritin 197.03 ng/mL. In patients with lung cancer CEA was 58.97 ng/ml, CA 15-3 40.62 U/
mL and ferritin 544.16 ng/mL. Patients with mastitis had CEA 5.17 ng/mL, CA 15-3 112.67 U/mL and ferritin 174.92 ng/mL. The control group had values of tumor markers CEA 1.62 ng/mL, CA 15-3 11.72 U/mL and ferritin 85.35 ng/mL. We found good correlation between CA 15-3 and CEA correlation coeffi cient was r = 0.750. There was a low correlation between CA 15-3 and ferritin with correlation coeffi cient r = 0.274.
Conclusions: The CA 15-3 and CEA are useful markers in patients with confi rmed diagnosis of breast and lung cancers. The ferritin concentration has not increased in patients with breast cancer but it increased in
lung patients. The future study has to make investigations of tumor markers and ferritin in different stage of breast cancer.

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15.09.2012

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The possible role of tumor antigen CA 15-3, CEA and ferritin in malignant and benign disease. JHSCI [Internet]. 2012 Sep. 15 [cited 2024 Jun. 18];2(2):138-43. Available from: https://www.jhsci.ba/ojs/index.php/jhsci/article/view/71