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When might your doctor want you to have an (AFP) tumor marker test?

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Your doctor may want you to have an AFP tumor marker blood test to:

AFP tests can also check for birth defects in an unborn baby. Doctors may test spinal fluid for AFP, too, depending on what they're looking for.

  • Narrow down the cause of a lump in your liver, testicles, or ovaries
  • Help decide the best treatment for cancer
  • See how well a cancer treatment is working
  • Make sure cancer hasn't come back after treatment

From: What Can an AFP Tumor Marker Test Tell Me? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Alpha-Fetoprotein Tumor Marker (Blood)."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Gene: AFP alpha fetoprotein [Homo sapiens (human)]."

LabTestsOnline.org: "AFP Tumor Markers," "Second Trimester Maternal Serum Screening."

Open Access Journal of Urology : "Role of biochemical markers in testicular cancer: diagnosis, staging, and surveillance."

American Cancer Society: "Tests for Liver Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Tumor Markers."

Mayo Medical Laboratories: "Test ID: AFPSF -- Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP), Spinal Fluid," "Test ID: L3AFP -- Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) L3% and Total, Hepatocellular Carcinoma Tumor Marker, Serum."

American Pregnancy Association: "Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein Screening (MSAFP)."

ClinLab Navigator: "Alpha Fetoprotein Tumor Marker."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 25, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Alpha-Fetoprotein Tumor Marker (Blood)."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Gene: AFP alpha fetoprotein [Homo sapiens (human)]."

LabTestsOnline.org: "AFP Tumor Markers," "Second Trimester Maternal Serum Screening."

Open Access Journal of Urology : "Role of biochemical markers in testicular cancer: diagnosis, staging, and surveillance."

American Cancer Society: "Tests for Liver Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Tumor Markers."

Mayo Medical Laboratories: "Test ID: AFPSF -- Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP), Spinal Fluid," "Test ID: L3AFP -- Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) L3% and Total, Hepatocellular Carcinoma Tumor Marker, Serum."

American Pregnancy Association: "Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein Screening (MSAFP)."

ClinLab Navigator: "Alpha Fetoprotein Tumor Marker."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 25, 2017

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