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Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) Serum Test

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Test to screen for and monitor therapy for certain cancers of the liver, testes, or ovaries.

Test #002253


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Also Known As AFP, Serum, Alpha1-Fetoprotein, AFP Tumor Marker
Preparation No fasting required. Stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection.
Test Results 1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) in the blood can mean certain types of cancer in men, non- pregnant women and children, in particular, testicular cancer, stomach, ovaries, pancreas or liver. In Hodgkin's disease, brain tumors, lymphoma, and renal cell cancer, high levels of AFP can also be found.

The AFP test may be performed when:

  • If someone is suspected of having liver cancer or certain testicular or ovarian cancers. Cancer may be suspected, for example when lumps are felt in the abdominal area during a physical examination or when imaging tests detect possible tumors.
  • When someone is diagnosed with and treated for liver, testes or ovary cancer and are being monitored for treatment effectiveness.
  • Monitoring for cancer reoccurrence.
  • Follow-up with chronic hepatitis or liver cirrhosis patients.

Please note that this test is not intended for prenatal screening in order to evaluate the risk of different birth defects.

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