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Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker

Overview Brief

Usually, people have a limited amount of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in their body. But when suffering from liver disease, some types of cancer, or are pregnant, you’ll have more amount in your blood. An AFP tumor marker test checks the level of this protein.

What is Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker?

AFP tumor marker blood test helps to narrow down the cause of a lump in your liver, testicles, or ovaries. It helps to decide the best treatment for cancer. Make sure cancer hasn’t come back after surgery.

Why is Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker suggested?

Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker symptoms can vary depending on the levels. Symptoms are as below:

  • Lump in the liver.

How is Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker performed?

Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker blood tests may include:

  • A technician puts needle to take a small sample of blood from a vein in your hand or arm.
  • Then they’ll send your blood to the lab.

What are the parameters measured in Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker?

Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker test can be conducted via the following methods:

  • The serum is tested for AFP antigens present in the blood sample of patient.

Preparation before performing Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker

The preparation for the Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker test includes:

  • Discuss medical history and allergies with the doctor.
  • Overnight fasting is preferred.
  • Wear light clothes and half sleeves.

Post-care after Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker

You should take care of below steps for Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker:

  • Change your clothes frequently.

Sample types in Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker

Few samples are for Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker as follows:

  • Blood test.

Side effects/risks of Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker

Alpha Feto Protein, Tumour Marker blood test side effects are:

  • You may feel a small skin prick and have a little bruising or bleeding where the needle goes in.

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