The Alpha Feto Protein (AFP) test is predominantly used as a tumor marker to help detect and diagnose cancers of the liver, testicular, and ovaries.
The Alpha Feto Protein (AFP) test is commonly ordered when:
• Someone is being monitored for cancer recurrence.
• It is suspected that there is liver cancer or certain cancers of the testicles or ovaries.
• Monitoring the effectiveness of treatment for someone who has been diagnosed with liver, testicular or ovarian cancer
• Weight loss
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea or vomiting
• Pain and discomfort in the area