The Role Of Tumor Marker CA 15-3 in Detection of Breast Cancer Relapse After Curative Mastectomy

유방암 환자에서 근치적 유방 절제술 후 재발 발견에 대한 CA 15-3의 역할

  • Hyun, In-Young (Department of Nuclear Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine) ;
  • Kim, In-Ho (Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine) ;
  • Lee, Moon-Hee (Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine) ;
  • Kim, Chul-Soo (Department of Internal Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine)
  • 현인영 (인하대학교 병원, 핵의학과) ;
  • 김인호 (인하대학교 병원, 혈액종양 내과) ;
  • 이문희 (인하대학교 병원, 혈액종양 내과) ;
  • 김철수 (인하대학교 병원, 혈액종양 내과)
  • Published : 2004.08.31


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the utility of tumor marker CA 15-3 in the following: the diagnosis of breast cancer relapse after curative mastectomy, and the differentiation or the value of tumor marker by site of metastases. Materials and Methods: Two hundred two patients (median age 48 years) with breast cancer included in the follow-up after curative mastectomy. The tumor marker CA 15-3 was determined by IRMA (CIS BIO INTERNATIONAL, France). Test values > 30 U/ml were considered elevated (positive). Results: Among 202 patients, recurrent diseases were found in 16 patients. CA 15-3 was elevated in 5 of 16 patients with recurrences. There was no false-positive patient who had elevated CA 15-3. Sensitivity and specificity of CA 15-3 for detection of breast cancer recurrence were 31%, and 100%. CA 15-3 was elevated in all of the 4 patients with liver metastases. CA 15-3 was elevated in none of the patients who relapsed with metastasis to bone-only or contralateral breast-only. Conclusion: The tumor marker CA 15-3 in the detection of breast cancer relapse after curative mastectomy is specific, but not sensitive. However, it is useful to rule out liver metastases of breast cancer, which indicates bad prognosis.


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