Thank you for visiting my new website. My goal is to provide you with general gynecology and women’s health information, in addition to specific information regarding Woman to Woman Gynecology Services. Check back often for new information and links to current articles of interest. I hope to see you in the clinic soon.
Barbara L. Patrick, MD
A Doctor You Can Confide in for:
Medical and surgical treatment of menstural disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, general infertility testing and treatment. Well women exams, birth control counseling and evaluation of abnormal pap smears.
Q&A with Dr. Patrick
Should I get a CA-125 test to check for ovarian cancer?
A CA-125 is a tumor marker for ovarian cancer. It is a simple blood draw but it is not a good screening test because it can be elevated by many other conditions such as pregnancy, endometriosis, and pelvic infections. If a woman has a pelvic mass it can be used for pre-operative evaluation and if ovarian cancer is found it can be used to monitor the disease after treatment. Unfortunately there is no good screening test for ovarian cancer as of yet.