Alpha-fetoprotein AFP Blood Test


Test Code: 002253
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Alpha-fetoprotein AFP Blood Test

The Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) blood test can be used to screen or monitor treatment for certain types of cancer.  Elevated AFP levels in men and non-pregnant women are often indicative of cancers in the testicles, ovaries, stomach, pancreas, or liver.  Measuring AFP levels can help determine if a person has cancer, gauge how far along it is, or determine how effective their treatment is.  It is important to note that not all people will develop elevated AFP levels so negative results should not be considered definitive proof that a person is cancer free.  AFP may also be elevated in people with liver diseases such as Hepatitis or Cirrhosis. 

Please note that this test is not intended for use as a prenatal screening to assess risk for various birth defects.  A different type of AFP test which should be ordered by a person's doctor is typically used for that purpose.

Turnaround for this test is typically 2-3 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

People taking supplements which include Vitamin B7, B8, H or Coenzyme R should cease consumption at least 72 hours prior to having their blood drawn.

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Alpha-fetoprotein AFP Blood Test


Test Code: 237
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Alpha-fetoprotein AFP Blood Test

The Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) blood test can be used to screen or monitor treatment for certain types of cancer.  Elevated AFP levels in men and non-pregnant women are often indicative of cancers in the testicles, ovaries, stomach, pancreas, or liver.  Measuring AFP levels can help determine if a person has cancer, gauge how far along it is, or determine how effective their treatment is.  It is important to note that not all people will develop elevated AFP levels so negative results should not be considered definitive proof that a person is cancer free.  AFP may also be elevated in people with liver diseases such as Hepatitis or Cirrhosis.  

Please note that this test is not intended for use as a prenatal screening to assess risk for various birth defects.  A different type of AFP test which should be ordered by a person's doctor is typically used for that purpose.

Turnaround for this test is typically 2-3 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Requirements:

People who have received monoclonal mouse antibodies may have abnormal results. For any person taking a high dose of biotin, the specimen should be drawn at least eight hours after the last dose.

 

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