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A 25-year-old male asked about a 61-year-old female:

Mom age 60 ct: large lobulated mixed hypodense masses of 15x10 cm in toto in right lobe of liver afp alpha-fetoprotein = 4.46 iu/ml is cancer or not?

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Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25 years experience
Mom and liver spot: Unfortunately, nothing on a ct, regardless of lab studies like AFP gives a definitive diagnosis. An elevated AFP blood test is seen in about 60% of liver cancer patients. So 40% of patients with liver cancer may have normal AFP levels (less than 10) which do not exclude cancer. The major issue is the mass which must be biopsied to get a diagnosis, after which a plan can be made.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2015

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