Article overviewMCA (mucin-like cancer associated antigen)
- What is MCA?
- In which cases is the MCA value determined?
- What determines the MCA value?
- In which cases is the MCA value too low?
- In which cases is the MCA value too high?
What is MCA?
MCA is the abbreviation for "mucin-like-cancer-associated-antigen". It is a protein-carbohydrate compound (glycoprotein).
MCA is one of the tumor markers: It can be used to monitor the therapy and to monitor the progress of specific cancers. Altered readings are also found in some benign diseases.To the table of contents
In which cases is the MCA value determined?
MCA is primarily used in patients with breast cancer for therapy and follow-up - together with the tumor marker CA 15-3.To the table of contents
What determines the MCA value?
The MCA concentration is usually determined from the blood serum.
0 - 13 U / ml
In which cases is the MCA value too low?
A too low MCA value has no medical significance.