What are lab tests?
To diagnose liver cancer, your doctor may recommend a various lab tests. Your doctor will collect a blood sample, and then send it to a pathologist for further testing.
Lab tests for liver cancer
To diagnose liver cancer, your doctor will perform a variety of liver function tests (LFTs) to assess the function of the liver by measuring the level of certain proteins or waste products in the blood. These liver cancer tests may also be used to help stage the cancer, develop a treatment plan and evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment plan.
Other lab tests may include:
- Genomic tumor assessment: Genomic testing examines a tumor on a genetic level to find the DNA alterations that are driving the growth of cancer. By identifying the mutations that occur in a cancer cell's genome, we can better understand what caused the tumor and tailor treatment based on these findings. Learn more about genomic tumor assessment.
- Tumor molecular profiling: If you have a solid tumor, we’ll try to get a sample of tissue during a biopsy or surgery. Then, we’ll test for the presence of a variety of enzymes, proteins and genes to identify which therapies are likely to be most effective. Learn more about tumor molecular profiling.
- Nutrition panel: With this test, we evaluate patients for deficiency of nutrients, such as vitamin D and iron. The test helps us identify the nutrients patients need replaced or boosted to support their quality of life. Learn more about our Nutrition Therapy program.