HOW TO TEST FOR LIVER CANCER

  • Consult your doctor if you have any of the risk factors mentioned above, so that you can be screened for liver cancer
  • A blood test for alpha-feto-protein(AFP) level can signal the presence of liver cancer. AFP is a chemical secreted by liver cancer cells.
  • An ultrasound scan of your liver can help detect the presence of a suspected liver cancer.  Detailed imaging techniques such as CT scan or MRI can also be used to evaluate the presence of liver cancer.
  • When liver cancer is seen and surgery is not chosen as the mode of treatment, a liver biopsy (a small piece of liver tissue is removed and studied in the laboratory) is performed to determine the suitability of other treatment modalities.