TESTS AND SCREENING
TESTS AND SCREENING4
Depending on your symptoms, your GP or Hospital doctor may take a number of tests which will provide more detailed information about your condition. If your condition requires further testing you will be referred to a local hospital, liver specialist centre or clinic. Here, more specific blood samples may be taken for tests involving liver function, virology (viruses) and immunology (antibodies). Generally blood test results cannot be seen in isolation. Other factors will be considered such as your symptoms, overall health, your age, how long you’ve had symptoms for, medications you are taking as well as your lifestyle. Liver cancer cannot be confirmed by blood tests alone, you will also need specialised scans such as a CT or MRI. The most common type of tests done on the liver are called ‘liver function tests’. These can be taken with a fine needle used to remove a small amount of blood from a vein in your arm and can be carried out by your GP or by a nurse at your local hospital.
If your doctor thinks you might have liver cancer and the imaging tests are inconclusive, further tests may be carried out, such as: