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Liver Cancer Report

Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is one of the important tests recommended for people who have a higher risk of liver cancer. However, many liver cancer patients and their families feel it difficult to understand due to the strong professionalism of pathology reports. In order to help people to have a better understanding of liver cancer and some medical terminologies in the report, we have collated the common terms for preliminary interpretation.

If you have any doubt about the liver cancer pathology report, you can make an online appointment or contact us at 010 2066616 (KL Office) or 010 8988919 (Penang Office). Professional oncologists will help you out.

1. What is Alpha-Fetoprotein?

Alpha-fetoprotein(AFP) is a protein made by the liver and yolk sac of the developing fetus and normally found in fetal blood. Usually its levels fall soon after birth. In healthy adults, AFP is present in extremely low levels. Normal adult values are not more than 20 micrograms(mg) per liter. There is a significant increase in around 80% liver cancer patients, so that AFP is normally recommended on early diagnosis.

Alpha-fetoprotein(AFP), Tumor Maker, St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou

2. Does a high level of Alpha-fetoprotein mean having liver cancer?

Alpha-fetoprotein test is one of the important tests of liver cancer, but not the proprietary check for liver cancer. AFP levels could be normal in liver cancer patients. Some experts think that AFP is not sensitive enough to detect liver cancer in people, where liver cancer is relatively rare. A rising level of AFP is suspicious for liver cancer. If AFP more than 400μg/L is very suggestive of liver cancer.

3. What is primary liver cancer and secondary liver cancer?

Primary liver cancer starts in the cells, bile ducts, blood vessels or connective tissue of the liver.

Secondary liver cancer is when a cancer that has started in another part of the body has spread to the liver.

When APF in the medical report is abnormal, one should follow doctor’s advice and have other specific checkup or tests.

If you have any doubt about the liver cancer pathology report, you can make an online appointment or contact us at 010 2066616 (KL Office) or 010 8988919 (Penang Office). Professional oncologists will help you out.

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