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Alpha Fetoprotein (AFP)

Also known as: AFP; Total AFP; AFP-L3%
Formal name: Alpha-fetoprotein, Total; Alpha-fetoprotein-L3 percent
Related tests: CEA; hCG; Tumor markers, DCP 
Were you looking for AFP Maternal, ordered during pregnancy?

 

  • Why should I do it?

To help diagnose and monitor therapy for certain cancers of the liver, testes, or ovaries

 

  • When should I do it?

When your doctor suspects that you have certain cancers of the liver, testes, or ovaries; at intervals during and after treatment for one of these cancers; sometimes when you have chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis

 

  • What Kind of Sample is Needed?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm

 

  • Test Preparation Needed?

None