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what do blood tests show about testicle cancer?

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Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Testicular cancer : Certain testicular tumor release harmone like b-hcg or alph fetoprotein that can be detected by blood work.
Answered on Mar 20, 2015
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Dr. Scott Diede
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I would also add if a testicular cancer secretes either beta-hCG or alpha fetoprotein, these can serve as important biomarkers to inform as to how well the cancer responds to therapy (be it surgery and/or chemotherapy), as well for monitoring for recurrence.
Dec 24, 2012
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
47 years experience Radiation Oncology
Testis cancer: May produce human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) or alpha-feto-protein, depending on the cellualr composition of the tumor. These markers are useful at determining whether one is cancer free or if teh tumor begin to recyr.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
Dr. John Geisler
27 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
Tumor markers: There are multiple important tumor markers for testicular cancer. The two well known markers are bhcg and afp. The other two important ones are ldh for seminomas and neuron enolase for immature teratomas.
Answered on Jan 8, 2013

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