Sector: Hormone 1
Transport: at 2-8˚c, -20˚c
Storage: 1 day at 2-8˚c for longer time at -20˚c
Test Name: Alpha fetoprotein
Normal Range: Up to 10
To screen for and monitor therapy for certain cancers of the liver and testes
If your doctor suspects that you have certain cancers of the liver or testes, if you are under treatment for them, or have previously been treated for one of these cancers. It may also be used if chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis of the liver is suspected.
A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm
AFP is a protein that is normally produced by the developing foetus. However, AFP can also be produced by certain tumours and diseases of the liver. Raised levels of AFP are found in the majority of patients with a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma and also in some patients with cancer of the testis.
How is the sample collected for testing?
A blood sample is taken by needle from a vein in the arm.
Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?
No test preparation is needed.