Diseases

MCA (mucin-like cancer associated antigen)

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The laboratory value MCA is mainly measured in women with breast cancer. His reading allows a statement about the course of the disease and the success of the treatment. Read everything important about the MCA!

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.

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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.

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What determines the MCA value?

The MCA concentration is usually determined from the blood serum.

MCA-normal range

Adults

0 - 13 U / ml

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In which cases is the MCA value too low?

A too low MCA value has no medical significance.

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