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Alpha Protein Tests
Feb 16, 2002

Did you hear of taking Alpha Protein tests before treatment? My husbands is High went from 6 - 7 and the normal range is 0-5. Just curious and a little scared as this could mean tumor?? Ultrasound was all NORMAL Any advice???

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It is routine to check an alfa-fetoprotein before therapy as a screening for liver cancer. However, the highest risk for liver cancer is in a patient with cirrhosis and HCV or HBV. The level you describe is essentially normal, and much higher levels can be seen without tumors in the setting of active hepatitis C. The absence of a mass on ultrasound further indicates that there is no need to worry.



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