Alpha-fetoprotein Levels After Treatment for Testicular Cancer

John Han-Chih Chang, MD
Ultima Vez Modificado:: 1 de noviembre de 2001

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
Our 24 year old son has stage I non-seminomatous testicular cancer. Part of the follow-up is a check on the alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in the blood every two weeks. The AFP is considered a marker for this type of cancer. We have not been able to pinpoint the acceptable level of AFP. To add to the confusion, our hospital reports normal levels are 6 or less, while another has a 10 or less. Further adding to the confusion, we have read on another site that a normal level in healthy human being can vary from 0 to 25. His AFP has dropped from a high of 120 pretreatment, to 3.8 in mid-July after one testis was removed in late-April. The problem is that the AFP has been going up ever since with his current level of 7.1 as of late September. CT scans, so far, have been OK.

Thank you for taking this matter in consideration.
Sincerely,
D.G.

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