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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 #237


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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.

In men, nonpregnant women, and children, Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) in the blood may mean certain types of cancer, especially cancer of the testicles, stomach, ovaries, pancreas, or liver are present. High levels of AFP may also be found in Hodgkin's disease, brain tumors, lymphoma, and renal cell cancer.

An AFP may be ordered when:

  • When it is suspected that someone has liver cancer or certain cancers of the testicles or ovaries; cancer may be suspected when, for example, lumps are felt in the abdominal area during a physical exam or when imaging tests detect possible tumors.
  • When someone who has been diagnosed with and treated for a cancer of the liver, testicles, or ovaries are being monitored for the effectiveness of treatment.
  • When someone is being monitored for cancer recurrence.
  • To follow up with patients with chronic hepatitis or liver cirrhosis.

Please note that this test is not intended for use as a prenatal screening to assess risk for various birth defects.

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